What You Can do To Help Craft Cannabis Industry Thrive in Canada?
Cannabis is well on its way to becoming a multi-billion dollar industry across N.America. Amidst the cheering and joy, however, there is a nagging doubt among many cannabis connoisseurs: The threat of distant, cold multinational companies taking over the industry. These fears gain more traction as cannabis companies rise in value and the commodification of cannabis expands the market base.
While this is not necessarily bad news for the industry, it is a cause of concern for the destiny of smaller, craft cannabis growers in Canada. As big corporations consolidate and take over everything in their path, is there any hope for Canadian craft cannabis growers? And, if there is, what can we do about it?
Why Support the Canadian Craft Cannabis Industry?
This question is an obvious one, but thankfully, it is equally easy to answer. Supporting locally grown craft cannabis is essentially supporting a community of independent micro-entrepreneurs who make a living doing what they love. And in the process, they provide us with top quality products, made with the utmost care.
Free from the twists and turns of the corporate world, artisanal cannabis growers can innovate and add a more personal touch to their every grow. Scaling down from the industrial level means that every batch of cannabis is grown using the best conditions possible. Think of it like craft beer: There are popular choices that dominate the market, and craft breweries that offer a premium product. The analogy is pretty much the same with artisanal cannabis products.
How to Help Craft Cannabis Growers
There is a number of ways in which eclectic cannabis users can help local Canadian craft cannabis growers. The most obvious one is, of course, buying from them. Although locally made cannabis is a premium product (and as such, it costs a little more), sophisticated bon vivants will have no problem paying a little extra. In most cases, the experience is worth it.
Another way to help would be to donate directly to the growers themselves! The Craft Cannabis Association of BC is doing an excellent job in supporting and promoting local craft cannabis growers. On their website, you can find a lot of resources regarding cannabis legislation, as well as their stance on the rights of micro-growers in the upcoming legalization attempt.
Craft cannabis growers hold within their community the spirit that gave birth to what is soon to be a big industry. There is no doubt that big marijuana is going to dominate the market in the next few years. However, as all those who can enjoy a good select strain can attest, there is nothing like a little bit of a personal touch in the growing process to make a product unforgettable.