Medical cannabis producers jockey for top spot as legalization for recreational use looms


November 14, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News


Medical cannabis sellers are in Vancouver this week hoping to catch a glimpse of what their future may hold in light of the looming federal legalization of recreational marijuana.

Workshops at the International Cannabis Business Conference that began Thursday and continue Friday include titles like “Safeguarding medical marijuana as legalization unfolds” and “The future of dispensaries in Canada.”

The medical marijuana industry has flourished in the past decade, dominated by federally illegal but municipally sanctioned dispensaries. These small businesses operate despite a federal dispensary system led by large-scale producers.

Both stand to lose or win big depending on how Ottawa rolls out legalization across the country this spring.

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