N.D.L.R. : The following text is part of a dossier written as part of the thematic workbook whose theme is: "Agriculture and Agri-Food, the benefits of a collaborative approach", published in our edition of the month of July.
HÉBERTVILLE – The cultivation of hemp is a good solution for producers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Especially here in the region, farmers do not have access to high-paying productions such as corn and soybeans, according to Jacques Dallaire, president of Quebec Hemp Producers (PCQ). This hemp crop began in the region about ten years ago, and today it is here that we find the largest area in production in Quebec.
"We learned to produce hemp in spite of all kinds of difficulties, because we were exploring at the same time as developing a market. Hemp is a plant that likes the cool climate like ours, but it is also by reaction that we became interested in this culture. We do not have a lot of production that is also paying here, "said Mr. Dallaire, a Hébertville producer specializing in the production of hemp seeds, the marketing of seed and biomass products containing CBD (Cannabidiol).
Food, fiber and CBD
Producers in the region are dedicated to growing hemp, especially grain for human consumption, which is currently the main market. "But at the same time, our association of Quebec Hemp Producers seeks to develop or support development initiatives regarding the use of hemp for fiber and also for the production of CBD (Cannabidiol). It is a molecule very in demand. She is recognized in the United States because she has many qualities to improve health, reduce stress, etc. Beginning next fall, growers and processors will be able to use hemp with higher CBD levels to make healthier foods or creams, health products. It will become very common, "explains Jacques Dallaire. The latter goes on to say that in Quebec, farmers have essentially developed organic production for human consumption. "And that's what sets us apart from processors," says the President of PCQ.
The region in the lead
In 2017, nearly 1,300 of the 2,037 hectares of Quebec's hemp growing area were in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. A very significant increase, while in 2013 only 434 hectares were farmed across the province.
"These data have changed a bit. This year, there has been a slight decline in cultivated areas. It must be said that there are challenges to this production. The target market is that of human nutrition, with all the high demands it requires. Producers must learn to master the techniques to be able to deliver a product that meets the standards. That is why we want to equip ourselves in the region with specialized equipment to be able to improve access to the market. For example, the most important problem is at the level of bacteria on lots, which explains why some producers can not meet the standards. The solution is to install a pasteurizer to finally ensure that these industry standards can be met. With that, we will secure our producers and we will be able to increase crop areas again. Our goal is to install the equipment as soon as possible, in a grain center that will be created in a place still undetermined. "
Here’s what you want to know before visiting your regional medical dispensary:You may require a doctor’s recommendation, medical cannabis certificate, or whatever appropriate documentation is needed by your state. Typically, you must be 18 or older to be eligible for a medical consent, but exceptions may be made in some states for minors with particularly debilitating conditions. You will usually register with a medicinal dispensary. This is to maintain your medical cannabis recommendation or certificate on file for legal and regulatory purposes. There will be a waiting space. This will be to control the circulation of product and patients, but a simple dividing wall also gives patients solitude and direct one-on-one contact with a budtender to discuss medical problems. This procedure can help budtenders and patients track effective medicine in addition to have a living listing of manufacturers and products for future reference and follow up. Medicinal dispensaries usually permit you to smell and analyze the buds prior to purchase. This may vary from state-to-state.
Yes, municipal approval is necessary before the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis license. Applicants must get in contact with their planned municipality to learn requirements concerning municipal retail cannabis legislation, zoning requirements, land-use restrictions, and place requirements regarding how near a retail store can be into a provincial medical care facility, school, or parcel of property designated as a school reserve.
Keep non-medical cannabis legal Adults that are 19 years or older are in a position to:Have up to 30 gram of legal dried cannabis or the equivalent in their person. Share up to 30 g of legal cannabis with other adults in Canada. Purchase cannabis products from a Yukon Liquor Corporation licensed merchant. Grow up to four plants per household. It’s illegal to present non invasive cannabis to anyone below the age of 19 and also for anyone below the age of 19 to possess any quantity of anti inflammatory cannabis in Yukon.It is illegal and dangerous to drive while under the influence of cannabis or other intoxicants.