Each year there are millions of dollars in grants, contributions, subsidies and other types of funding granted to Canadian farmers and agriculturalists. Starting later this year with the official legalization of a retail adult-use market, cannabis farmers could also begin to receive some of this green. In a recent announcement after their annual meeting, the agricultural ministers of Canada agreed that companies cultivating cannabis for both the medical and retail markets should qualify for traditional agrarian support.
While funding and other resources may be available, it is expected that cannabis farmers will not receive the same access as other farmers to two of the country’s largest farming programs, Agri Invest and Agri Stability, due to the volatility of the cannabis industry at this time. Hopefully, as the market unfolds, it will gain stability. If so, one day, these programs may be available to the many individuals that have mastered the art of growing this life-changing plant—a plant that many rely on for quality of life across the country.
In the United States, despite the fact that over half of the country has some level of legal access to cannabis, the federal government insists on continuing the federal prohibition against cannabis. This prevents cannabis farmers, even in legal states where they are compliant with local laws, from having access to any form of government assistance for their businesses.
Cannabis farmers are the root of the cannabis sector, both medicinal and recreational. Without these individuals, their skills, and their hard work, the legal cannabis industry could not exist. It all starts with a seed. Hopefully, by Canada legalizing retail adult-use cannabis nationwide and providing access for cannabis farmers to government agricultural funding, it will plant the seed of change. This seed of change is still needed in many countries around the globe where draconian cannabis prohibition is still in full force.Posted: Friday, July 20th, 10:00am 5 months ago
Ashley is a freelance cannabis writer and the co-owner of CannaLance. Her passion for sharing education and truth surrounding cannabis stems from a personal loss. Ashley has always had an elevated relationship with cannabis but it wasn't until 2015 that she turned that passion and relationship into a career as a cannabis writer.