Dagga growers essential during COVID-19

The Canadian federal government have deemed medical dagga growers an “essential” service to the country’s health-care infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This designation was published on the country’s Public Safety Canada website. Intended to assist provinces, municipalities and businesses around the types of employees considered essential for the health, safety, security and economic well-being of the country while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the classification is not mandatory and advisory in nature, it is significant because all cannabis production, including medical dagga, is regulated by the federal government.

“The manufacturer, logistics and warehouse operations, and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes have been identified as essential services,” according to an email, obtained by Marijuana Business Daily, that was sent to multiple stakeholder groups by the acting director of the Office of Medical Access and Specialized Authorizations.

“Based on the information we have received to date, license holders remain open, are continuing to produce cannabis and are processing requests.”

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