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With over $675,000 in funding from the province for the program, CBTI is attempting to help people transition from the illegal market to laying it all out above board for the government and reporting on a monthly basis.

There are an estimated 2,500 small-scale cannabis producers in the region, a number that is significant when the economic impact of that industry is considered.

Coun. Jesse Woodward asked Kelly if he saw the Kootenay cannabis as a brand that grows to a North American market, or a Canadian market, or a local market.

But people don’t want to grow illicitly anymore, he added, they are coming into the Community Futures office looking for help, for direction on growing legally.

“The challenge of this area is shipping things out, and it’s just that, a challenge. Lots of businesses do well online,” he said.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Part of our founding team includes experts in cannabis compliance regulations, security, systems of procedure and quality assurance. For this business to be successful we need to meet and exceed standards set by federal, provincial and local government, Health Canada, the City of Nelson, and many other stakeholders.

— Nelson Cannabis Collective, 45 Government Road —

It’s imperative to us that the citizens of Nelson are proud of the business itself, how it is contributing to the local economy by offering good employment and contract opportunities, tax revenues, and contributions to local community initiatives in sustainability, arts and culture, infrastructure improvements, and more. The story of the Nelson Cannabis Collective needs to resonate positively with the people of Nelson and surrounding area.

We want to be a model for what a small town cannabis cultivation facility can look like. From a state of the art, micro craft cluster facility to our organizational culture; how we engage the local business community to our relationships with regional law and policy makers; to the emergence of cannabis cultivation and brand story in the Kootenays on a global scale.

LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED

Local governments, such as the City of Nelson, are responsible for the regulation of some aspects of cannabis legalization including land-use zoning and business licensing. With respect to the legalization of cannabis, the role of local government includes:

Cannabis legalization is a complex issue involving all levels of government. We encourage you to be informed!

Cannabis (commonly referred to as marijuana) has been legal for recreational use on October 17, 2018. Previously, it was only legal to purchase and consume cannabis with a medical prescription and by mail order from a licensed producer. Legalization means that all adults 19 years of age and older will be able to purchase it for their own use.

Understanding what residents of Nelson would like will help the City prepare for legalization within the short timeframe and implement rules that are acceptable to our community. This will be dependent on the parameters set out by the provincial governments. In order to be ready for cannabis legalization, the City of Nelson is taking the following steps to prepare:

City Council is committed to ensuring that residents and businesses in Nelson have a voice in the development of municipal cannabis regulations. To make the best decisions that we can for Nelson, Council needs to hear from as many people as possible in order to reflect our diverse perspectives.