Since the early 1970s, vancouver island and the Kootenay region has been a key player in the nation’s cannabis industry — in the shadows of snow-capped mountains, scattered along the grassy banks of glassy rivers, a billion-dollar Grey market quietly keeps Canadians stoned.
Some 150,000 people live here, many of them farmers who have set aside patches of land and corners of chicken coops to cultivate small crops of lush indicas and sativas — infamous “B.C. Bud” that is estimated to comprise 40 per cent of the cannabis produced in the nation.
Police and industry insiders believe thousands of these small growers contribute to this aromatic cash crop, estimated to be worth anywhere from $2 billion to $7 billion province-wide.
It’s important for small-scale growers to be a part of the system because we offer much more diversity than bigger companies and corporations,” HEZ said. “We’re always changing with the needs of the public and what the patients need.