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Health Canada to Allow Provinces to Decide About Nursery Seed Sales

Health Canada confirmed provinces and territories may decide for themselves whether to allow federally licensed cannabis nurseries to sell plants and seeds on-site.

With home-growing as an emerging legal market, currently in its first harvest, nursery owners are eager to get the go ahead to sell as much and as freely as they can—particularly because there is little other infrastructure in place to help above-board nurseries compete with illicit growing.

Naturally, nurseries must be Health Canada–compliant, which is never a minor demand. However, provided they meet Health Canada’s standards, there’s little competition for the moment on the nursery front.

Alberta’s InPlanta Biotechnology received the first Health Canada nursery license, allowing it to produce and sell cannabis genetics, including seeds and clones, only four weeks ago.

In British Columbia, the provincial Liquor Distribution Board announced last August they would not sell seedlings/clones—only seeds, because clones are “fragile, have a short shelf life, and are in need of constant care.”

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Jesse B. Staniforth

Jesse Staniforth reports on cannabis, food safety, and Indigenous issues. He is the former editor of WeedWeek Canada.

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