So many Canadian cannabis growers want to go "legit". But what does it take? Our guest Tamara Follett of Sunleaf Farmacy is a successful micro cannabis producer with a background in pharmaceutical regulatory compliance. Let's just say... she knows her stuff. Listen as she discusses the costs, infrastructure upgrades, and regulatory compliance needed to start a successful cannabis growing operation in Canada's legal cannabis landscape.
Industrial hemp might be the true hero of the cannabis plant, and Kevin Cain saw the potential 25 years ago when he first encountered a hempcrete block. With applications for food, animal feed, bioplastics, batteries, and even ballistics materials the possibilities for hemp are seemingly endless. Kevin founded Modern Hemp Innovations to help accelerate the industrial hemp industry in Atlantic Canada. Listen as he lays out exactly how this region's combination of farmland, research assets, and infrastructure are coming together to bring high value hemp products to market for the prosperity of every citizen.
Denise Hannay is the CEO of Eco Canadian Organic, a New Brunswick licensed producer of medical cannabis. In this episode, Denise talks about the challenges around earning her license from Health Canada and what drove her to build her business in Rexton, New Brunswick. Growing a business in smaller communities brings advantages that are attractive to companies large and small.
When a company can claim they're New Brunswick first's craft cannabis flower to hit Cannabis NB shelves, you'd think some corners were cut. Crystal Cure did the complete opposite by holding the line on quality at every turn. From the creation of their own organic living soil, cultivation, licensing, packaging, and even marketing: Crystal Cure has made it their mission to be fully transparent and as sustainable as possible.
Listen as Crystal Cure COO Jonathan Wilson tells the incredible story of how Crystal Cure got started, and how it made it to market in the middle of a pandemic.
Chris Dickie is what you might call our "multi-sector expert". Chris has worked in startups, NGOs, and government departments all with the same overarching goal: transforming New Brunswick's natural resources into valuable products and economic opportunities. In this episode of the ECCH, Chris tells us how cannabis makes sense for New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada when you consider our assets and economic history. Listen as Chris identifies promising cross-sectoral opportunities for developing new cannabis products.
Eric Cook is the CEO of the Research and Productivity Council (RPC) located in New Brunswick, Canada. They've been on the cutting edge of cannabis research since the very beginning, and they've learned from the young industry's ups and downs. Listen as Eric talks about some of the exciting projects they're working on with licensed cannabis producers, and where he sees the cannabis sector going next.
Rod Wilson moved from the pharmaceutical industry to the cannabis industry, where he has since established New Brunswick's Craft Cannabis Association and his own nursery, Hidden Harvest Inc. When he entered the cannabis industry, Rod was struck by the spirit of community and collaboration among individuals. Listen as Rod tells us where the large cannabis LPs went wrong and what it was like to watch the birth of New Brunswick's craft cannabis industry.
Imagine being a fly on the wall while the region’s cannabis decision-makers complain, solve problems, and strategize about how Atlantic Canada will become the world’s cannabis leader. I’m Brennan Sisk, New Brunswick’s Cannabis Coordinator, and I’ll be meeting companies, researchers, and policy-makers who are turning cannabis into prosperity and wealth for the entire region. Join me for three seasons: Challenges for Small Cannabis Enterprises, Policy and Innovation, and Research and Technology.
Episode 1 with Andrew Byrne, BioNB's Marketing & Communications Director
BioNB is the leading bioscience and bioeconomy authority in New Brunswick and is one of the administrators of the NB Cannabis Office and the Cannabis Coordinator role. Andrew is also part of the marketing team helping create and publish the Coordinator's digital media.
This is a quick introduction to New Brunswick's Cannabis Coordinator, why the role was created, how you can keep up to date on cannabis in New Brunswick and where the East Coast Cannabis Hour is headed.