Those looking to cultivate cannabis are required to hold one of the following licenses under the Cannabis Act & Regulations: Standard Cultivation license (permits cultivation in an unlimited-sized grow space). Micro-Cultivation license (allows for cultivation in a grow space of up to 2,152 square feet). Nursery license (permits the cultivation of cannabis genetics such as clones and seeds, within a maximum 540 square feet).
Cultivation of medical and recreational cannabis in Canada is permitted both indoors (year-round within a constructed facility or permanent greenhouse) and outdoors (seasonally, within a temporary greenhouse or in an open plot of land). Furthermore, a cultivation licence allows for the holder to grow cannabis through unspecified means, including but not limited to using aeroponics, hydroponics, aquaponics, vertical planters, and in traditional soil.
To decide which license class is the best fit for your business, you may want to consider the amount of canopy space available within your chosen facility or outdoors. Canopy space that is equal to or less than 200 square meters in size (this includes multiple and vertically arranged surfaces) fit within the description of Micro-Cultivation and is perfect for small batch or craft growers. Anything larger would require a Standard Cultivation License, which is a great option for large and growing companies.
Alternatively, a Nursery license would be the best fit if your business is interested in the development of starter plant material and new plant varieties with goals of altering cannabis genetics to make seeds, seedlings and clones.
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