The steps a cannabis grower or processor has to take to get their products in consumers’ hands in Canada are a lot more complicated than they were pre-legalization. Gone are the days of growing some weed, drying, trimming, and curing it, then selling it to a broker or dispensary in some hockey bags in exchange for cash. 

Today’s grower has to not only pass several kinds of product testing, they also have to build a recognizable brand and work their way through a highly regulated provincial supply chain. All of this adds to the challenges for today’s legal cannabis producer, and also adds to cost and the length of time a product sits in a warehouse before reaching consumers.

The long road to retail varies by province

On the federal level, only…

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