Wednesday Sept 14, 2016

Victoria, B.C.

Cannabis legalization offers all British Columbians an opportunity to benefit from the multi-billion dollar market that has been created here by cannabis activists over decades.  In an attempt to bring together a wide range of individuals and organizations that are working hard to educate the public about cannabis, The B.C. Independent Cannabis Alliance has formed to lobby the provincial government. The Alliance hopes to ensure reasonable regulation of cannabis so that both the small business sector and the existing independent cannabis community maintain their prominent place in the industry.

A press conference will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday September 15 at the downtown Victoria Library to introduce the Alliance team and further explain our goals.

British Columbia, as a world-renowned centre of cannabis production, has a major economic stake in the outcome of the federal legalization process.  For this reason, the Alliance is based in Victoria, BC. It brings together national, provincial and local cannabis organizations, in order to influence the direction legalization takes in the province. Several members of the alliance will be present this weekend at the meeting of the UBCM, at which a debate is expected about the potential financial windfalls sensible regulations could bring to local economies in the service industry, tourism and exports.

The Alliance has formed 6 working committees, thus giving dispensaries, growers, value-added producers, consumers and patients an opportunity to work with the province to create simple, clear regulations that provide adequate control measures while maximizing the economic benefit of the cannabis industry to the entire province.  With evidence to prove to the public that cannabis is safe, and that the majority of people currently in the industry have absolutely nothing to do with organized crime, the Alliance is setting out on a long-term campaign that starts this Thursday.

Led by co-chairs Ted Smith, founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, and Michael Geoghegan, a lobbyist working with the industry, the alliance has a powerful base of support in the BC cannabis movement.  Also included in the Alliance are members of the Cannabis Growers of Canada, Craft Cannabis, Sensible BC, International Grannies for Grass, Cannabis Friendly Business Association, International Hempology 101 Society and several front line dispensaries.  The core team will be introduced at the press conference on September 15th.

For more information please contact either:

Ted Smith at hempo101@gmail.com

Michael Geoghegan at mgeoghegan@shaw.ca or 250 881 0969

Dieter MacPherson at dietermacpherson@gmail.com or 250 888 0542

Travis Lane – travis@internetdispensary.com – 778-676-4533

Alex Robb – alexander.robb@gmail.com – 250 891 5971

 

WHO: Cannabis trade groups representing over 400 independent businesses across B.C.

WHAT: Press Conference to Announce New B.C. Independent Cannabis Alliance

WHERE: Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street, Community Meeting Room.

WHEN: 2:00PM Thursday, September 15th, 2016