Condemnation to Collaboration: An Examination of Relationships between Canadian Governments and the Cannabis Sector

Rural communities and regions throughout Canada struggle with economic restructuring. Influences of globalization and technological advancement contribute to the continually shifting economic reality confronting rural communities. This research focuses on understanding the economic implications of changes in federal policies related to cannabis legalization to rural regions, specifically the Kootenay Region of British Columbia. Through discussions with key stakeholders in the cannabis industry, this research will enhance our understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with the recent legalization. With better understanding, businesses and community serving organizations can better plan for economic implications emerging from policy change, such as influencing local and regional economic strategic plans.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ryan Gibson


Tracey Harvey


Community Futures Central Kootenay


Environmental sciences


Professional, scientific and technical services


University of Guelph



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