As legalization sweeps the nation, craft, small-batch growers in each the hashish and hemp industries are in danger.
The value to play is steep. It prices an estimated $5 million to $10 million for a craft grower to enter the market, the Illinois Craft Hashish Affiliation founder Paul Magelli says. Which is why his affiliation has filed a lawsuit hoping to get 40 craft growers extra time to enter the Illinois market and apply for licenses.
Trade rules will not be variety to small-batch farmers in a sea of bigger, investor-funded operations. “That’s the primary hazard, that it’s going to get crushed,” Adam Smith, president of the Oregon-based Craft Hashish Alliance, advised reporter Omar Sacirbey in Marijuana Enterprise Journal.
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