Why Kootenay United Cannabis Association?

Created to unite, protect, and advocate.

The Kootenay United Cannabis Association was created to unite, protect, and advocate for the cannabis industry in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia by supporting a fair and reasonable transition into the legal market, ensuring economic security and prosperity for our region, and continued and growing market share for our region’s products.

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Join us in supporting the Micro’s_Craft Cannabis Industry in the Kootenays. KUCA’s aim is to create unity and give a collective voice to our membership and other advocacy groups. Join in, be heard, get involved!


  • To assist cannabis cultivators, processors, and retailers on the path to obtaining federal, provincial, and municipal licence approvals through education and advocacy;

  • To communicate the needs and concerns of cannabis cultivators, processors, and retailers of the Kootenays to the federal, provincial and municipal governments;

  • To promote the importance of Kootenay Region grown / processed cannabis to the BC, Canadian, and global economy;

  • To effectively and consistently educate local governments, business communities, and residents the importance of Kootenay cannabis to the local economy;

  • To advocate to the BC Solicitor General’s office, Kootenay Region RCMP, the Nelson City Police Board, and the Nelson City Police for an intelligent and reasonable approach to enforcing the law against illicit cannabis cultivators, processors, and retailers during this time of transition to a regulated legal cannabis market;

  • To assist Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments in creating inclusive and functional regulations that allows the greatest number of current grey market cannabis cultivators, processors, and retailers to transition into legal production and / or sales;

  • To promote the cannabis industry in the Kootenays as a world class cannabis agro-tourism destination;

  • To advocate for the ability of cannabis cultivators and processors to engage in farm gate sales;

  • To promote and support education of the public, and research into the cannabis plant, its compounds and uses, both medicinal and otherwise.

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Economic Opinions

  • It seems like there's an inequality in Canada continuing around the business side of it. If you have lots of money, you can get into a position to apply for a license ... if you don't have lots of money you can't. It's not like we have a lot of people sitting around with a lot of money in the Kootenays, whereas some large corporations already have financing in place.

    Wayne Stetski Member of Parliament, Kootenay - Columbia
  • What I’ve been doing is talking to people in the Kootenays and all these little communities and they don’t want their economy ripped apart. They want their community respected and brought into the deal—not excluded. And I think that Minister Farnworth has grasped that already. I think he understands the idea of craft cannabis and the need for that, and there’s a large market. There’s going to be a lot of room for the LPs, there’s going to be a lot of room for everybody that can produce decent cannabis.

    Craig Speirs City Councillor, Maple Ridge, BC
  • BC’s stance was in recognition of the fact that we have a considerable production industry in this province that we need to find a way to bring that small-scale production into the legal system. That creates an opportunity right there for many entrepreneurs.

    Mike Farnworth BC Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • The type of industry that’s grown under the black market is very much a craft industry, so if we lose that craft industry, the big question for us is, ‘What will be the outcome on our local economy?’ Everyone predicts that it will be negative.

    Michelle Mungall MLA, Nelson-Creston
  • These are real people with real full-time employment in the cannabis economy, paying for their families. These are basically seasonal agricultural jobs out here in the rural British Columbian communities. If that suddenly goes away, it’s not going to be replaced by anything. The licensed producers aren’t going to come to Nelson and hire 1,000 cannabis trimmers [and] dispensary staff. So, if all these people are unemployed, what’s the plan?

    Ian Dawkins Executive Director, Cannabis Growers of Canada