For Immediate Release
November 27, 2019
NATIONS CO-FOUNDER TELLS KELOWNA CONFERENCE
CANNABIS INDUSTRY HAS POTENTIAL TO RESHAPE STRUGGLING COMMUNITIES
Kelowna, BC – The emerging cannabis industry has the potential to reshape communities that may be reeling from major economic setbacks such as the downturn in BC’s forest industry, says the co-founder of NATIONS, a cannabis production company based in Burns Lake.
Wesley Sam participated in a panel discussion today at the National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference in Kelowna, and underlined the potential role cannabis might play in re-energizing communities and provide lasting economic and social benefits.
As a former Chief of the Burns Lake First Nation, Sam has seen his home village fall victim to the downturn in the forest sector. “Burns Lake and the surrounding areas have seen mills shut down, unemployment reach double-digits, and people have left to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The cannabis industry gives us an opportunity to create economic investment and job opportunities – and, perhaps give people an opportunity to come home.”
“There are a number of communities in Canada and the United States that have experienced similar economic set-backs, and a handful of them have seized the opportunity to create jobs, investment, stability – and perhaps most importantly, create hope for a better future.”
Sam acknowledged the licensing process is cumbersome and time consuming. Health Canada regulations require a cultivation facility be fully constructed in advance of an application being considered for approval, which requires capital and substantial operational investment. He urged conference attendees to explore the opportunity, and for those who simply can’t or don’t have the means, seek out potential for partnerships.
NATIONS mission is to cultivate safe, quality medical and recreational cannabis, create family supporting jobs, and establish health and education partnerships that will have lasting benefits. The company is also committed to returning 5 per cent of earnings to provide meaningful social and economic impacts in the community and for Indigenous populations.
NATIONS is a late-stage applicant in the federal licensing process and construction of its primary cultivation facility in Burns Lake is nearing completion. NATIONS is not aware of any other Indigenous-licensed producers in the province, and anticipates being the first when fully operational in 2020.
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