Canopy Growth comments on proposed regulations governing cannabis
By Canopy Growth
Nov. 23, 2017, Smiths Falls, Ont. - Canopy Growth Corporation is pleased to see further progress as the federal government proposes possible scenarios for the governance of the new cannabis system. This level of detail, subject to improvements and iterations through the final drafting stages, allows the Company to continue to develop and refine an aggressive expansion agenda to meet the needs of medical and adult-use consumers with high quality cannabis products. Many of the security measures proposed in the draft regulations will allow the Company to scale existing facilities more rapidly due to reduced regulatory burdens and security infrastructure, without sacrificing the underlying rigour of the supply chain itself.
By Canopy Growth
Canada has built a world-class system for the production of cannabis, and much of the proposed system builds upon the strengths of the existing production and distribution system. Canopy is pleased to see the introduction of special provisions for “micro-growers”, as this effort to support new and smaller growers is consistent with the ethos of Canopy, which supports a wide variety of growers already through its Craft Grow program. Canopy has built a value-add processing, care and distribution network second to none, and looks forward to seeing more entrants join the market and welcomes the opportunity to build upon its growing roster of CraftGrow partners.
While plain packaging regulations are not mentioned in the draft regulations, Canopy Growth continues to place value on the proposed self-regulatory model it helped create along with 17 other Licensed Producers which were developed in consultation with Ad Standards Council. Brand differentiation and education must be allowed in order to successfully transition out of prohibition and replace the black market.
Finally, Canopy Growth is particularly pleased with the hemp provisions in the draft regulations. Canopy was an early advocate of hemp production, having acquired several hemp companies early on through its acquisition strategy. With a focus on crop-scale production, CBD extraction technology and value-add consumer products, the Company is pleased to now bring its hemp strategy to fruition to provide a revenue stream to complement existing cannabis revenue to build additional value for Canopy Growth’s shareholders.