GrowerIQ Cannabis Consulting: Nursery Cultivation License

Nursery Cultivation License


Which license class is right for you?

Health Canada introduced several new classes of cannabis cultivation licenses with the Cannabis Act. The nursery cultivation license is definitely a unique update. It carves out a specific niche in the market geared towards producers looking to craft interesting genetics, or simply sell seeds to other licensed parties. This represents a sizable opportunity considering the volume of licensees on the market looking to populate their facility with new starter genetics.

The nursery cultivation licence permits up to 50 square metres, or ~538 square feet, of plant canopy space. This is valid across indoor or outdoor grow areas. The small space presents a challenge, however our facility designers are on hand to assist. Our Master Grower's proven high-density grow method will form part of the cultivation planning process we undertake with you. We help simplify the complex!

Health Canada is looking to ensure there are clear distinctions between the nursery and broader cultivation licenses. As such, they've placed limits this license class: no more than 5kg of flowering heads may be harvested from plants (with the exception of seeds). These flowering heads, including leaves and branches, must also be destroyed within 30 days of harvesting. These nuances can be complex. Don't risk your license. We can assist with an appropriate cultivation plan.

Your Partner Master Grower, Shlomo Booklin

GrowerIQ's Master Grower, Shlomo Booklin, has worked as Head Grower for some of Canada's leading cannabis cultivation operations, such as Tilray and MedReleaf. Having managed the production of over 100 million plants, he has refined his growing techniques and trained others in the industry on how to produce safe for consumer, high-quality, cost-effective products. Unlike some other consulting firms, GrowerIQ brings you deep industry experience. Shlomo's 30+ years of commercial growing experience means that our experts will help craft your application submission taking into account what actually works in practice.

What should I expect during the nursery cultivation license application process?

Health Canada wants to ensure that you've thought out every aspect of your business, and included those plans in your application. This includes obvious areas like your physical security, cultivation, and production plans, but also extends to business organizational structure, key investors, and your facility's Standard Operating Procedures. Ensuring that your nursery cultivation application contains the requisite level of detail is one way to help the application process flow smoothly. The experts at GrowerIQ inform our planning process with actual comments received from Health Canada's review of previous applications.

A significant change to the application process occurred in May 2019. Now, Health Canada requires you to have a fully-built out facility before they will review your application.

GrowerIQ's experts work with you to custom design a space that fits your micro-cultivation license plan.
GrowerIQ's experts work with you to custom design a space that fits your nursery cultivation plan, including the maximum canopy space restrictions.

Don't know where to begin? We can simplify the process.

The nursery cultivation license class has less stringent security requirements (for example video monitoring), and the smaller space requires less capital investment. There are however, restrictions on the sale of product.

Let's discuss your project in order to determine which of the license classes best supports you. Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money pursuing a class of license, only to find that it doesn't meet your long-term needs.

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