Cannabis retailers to begin highlighting B.C.-based Indigenous producers

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The provincial government says it will launch a program to highlight B.C.-based Indigenous cannabis producers in private retail and government stores.

The B.C. Indigenous Cannabis Product (BCICP) program, which includes online stores, is meant to help consumers easily identify Indigenous products and make purchasing decisions, according to a media release by the province.

“The launch of this new program demonstrates the Province’s commitment to supporting Indigenous participation in B.C.’s cannabis sector,” said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general. “With program registration opening, we look forward to seeing eligible products showcased in stores and online soon.”

The province said it developed the program’s details in collaboration with the First Nations Leadership Council. The program is available to B.C.-based, federally licensed cannabis producers and processors that meet Indigenous ownership requirements.    

“The legal cannabis sector in B.C. continues to mature and the BCICP program is an important step to ensure Indigenous business owners are part of this growth and the economic benefits,” said Selina Robinson, minister of finance. “Our commitment to a shared prosperity with Indigenous Peoples is critical to the economic health of our province and to advancing lasting reconciliation.”

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