LDB's Direct Delivery Program
The Provincial Government is working to support Indigenous and small-scale producer participation in the legal cannabis market. In September 2020, following consultation with industry and Indigenous Nations, the Province announced the implementation of a direct delivery program for non-medical cannabis.
Since then, the Cannabis Secretariat and the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), which is the sole wholesaler of non-medical cannabis, have engaged with stakeholders to help determine the threshold for enrolment of producers, how to address barriers to success and what supports are required to ensure broad adoption.
The LDB is developing a program to authorize nurseries and small-scale cultivators producing up to 3,000 kilograms of cannabis annually, or less, to direct deliver to retailers.
Cultivators who do not have a processing license will be required to partner with a licensed processor to package their product, with the exception of plants and seeds which cultivators may sell directly. Licensed processors will be required to enter into a supply agreement with the LDB (if an agreement is not already in place) and to register and price their product.
The objectives of the direct-delivery program are to support:
- The elimination of the illicit cannabis market
- Small-scale producers to enter the legal market
- Legal market competitiveness for small-scale producers in BC
For more information on the LDB’s direct-delivery program, please view the presentation that was provided to industry associations.
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