As Canada prepares for cannabis legalization in the coming months, the Johnson Shoyama Centre at the University of Regina held a Hemp industry forum.
Those in attendance heard about the concerns the hemp industry has about legalization.
Dale Risula from Saskatchewan Agriculture says there was a lot of talk about the difference between marijuana and hemp.
“To help people understand how the two differ, and how the markets differ, how the development differs, and how they might fit in with each other in future development in the country.”
Chief Scientific Officer for the cannabis Company based in Saskatoon Larry Horbook says he believes illegal marijuana activity will still take place on a large scale.
“We know statistically, as many patients as we’ve had over the last few years in Canada, all these large LP’s with all of the legal side of it, it’s still roughly an estimated 80% of it is underground.”
Garry Meier, President of Hemp Genetics International explains the difference between medical marijuana and hemp when it comes to agriculture.
“Medical marijuana is produced under very tightly controlled environmental regimes, usually under a greenhouse,” Meier says. “The industrial hump businesses currently are produced outside in broad acre situations in field that will range from 10 acres to several hundred acres in size.”
Recreational marijuana will be legalized on July 1st of this year.