Yesterday marks 3 months since legalization, and I’m curious what has changed for you?
Not much appears differently since before legalization, from my own view.
But looking inside the local cannabis industry that’s not the case at all. Things are moving rapidly, which may or may not be a good thing. Uncertain would best describe the local climate. Along with a sense of vulnerability, fear and I don’t like saying it but desperation.
People aren’t sure what to do. What they know is they are facing a challenging and expensive transition and things can’t continue like they did in the past. Based on the literature, effective transitioning economies involve inclusive stakeholder-based regional collaboration for the purposes of economic diversification. Consequently successful transitional strategies and inclusive stakeholder participation is what forms the basis of my research. I think I presented that too quickly but I can elaborate next time.
And that’s where this project is at. I have submitted a draft qualifying examination paper discussing these theoretical foundations and I continue to informally speak with several industry ‘informants’ on a fairly-regular basis. I’ve also organized a panel discussion with a local mayor, a compliance expert, a local cannabis cultivator expert and myself, around rurally based small business development in the cannabis sector at the upcoming AKBLG convention in Castlegar this April.
While I’m not yet engaging in formal interviews, I’m interested in hearing from you if you have input, so please drop me a line if you have something to say.