Pubdate: Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Source: Castlegar News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 Castlegar News
Authors: Todd Veri and Kevin Megale


KASLO - A local group of workers, farmers and investors is pressing
the federal government to keep the door open for co-operative outdoor
cannabis production in the Central Kootenay region of B.C.

There is a new market coming for legal recreational marijuana in
Canada, and the Kootenay Outdoor Producer Co-operative is organizing a
co-op that will keep the profits and high-paying industry jobs local.

Organizers from across the region need your help now to let the
government in Ottawa know that Canadians want to see other business
models flourish besides the big corporate warehouse grow shows.
Regulations being drawn up this summer will determine the future of
the industry, and could shut the door on the potential for
community-based outdoor organic marijuana co-operatives.

Growing marijuana outdoors organically on small Kootenay farms, and
bringing workers together to process and package the product in a
single central Kootenay location, will create a better product with
lower environmental impacts.

This model is superior in every way to the big-box corporate warehouse
weed industry, and it can be replicated in other communities across
the country. But right now we need to convince Ottawa that this
business model is in the best interests of Canadians, and make sure
their upcoming regulations allow it.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Momentum is building among
big players in the corporate weed business, and we don't want to see
the Kootenays, or rural Canada, left behind. We urgently need your

Contact your Member of Parliament today, and let them know that you
support a local, sustainable and community-based industry for legal
recreational cannabis.

Let your local politicians know that you support outdoor, organic
cannabis co-operatives that will keeps jobs and profits in the
community. For further details, and to lend a hand, contact: Kootenay
Outdoor Producer Co-op

Todd Veri, President

Kevin Megale, Compliance Manager
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