CGP facing problems

Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP) is facing difficult times and possible bankruptcy. In April 1999 the US company contracted farmers in Dauphin, Manitoba, to grow many acres of hemp for seed. Yet now CGP is $6 million behind on promised payments to farmers, who have stockpiles of unsold seed.
Supporters say CGP is being harassed by the provincial securities commission, faces an unexpectedly large GST bill, and uncertainty about hempseed’s ability to cross the US border. Reports indicate most farmers are confident they will still sell their seed for a good price.

Farmers hold an estimated 5.5 million pounds of hemp seed, 2.5 million pounds of certified planting seed, and 30,000 tonnes of baled fibre.

CGP was locked out of its Winnipeg office by its landlord.

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