Pubdate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Source: Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Metroland Media Group Ltd.
Author: Paola Loriggio
Page: A3


A southern Ontario college says it will be the first to offer a
post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis.

Niagara College says the graduate certificate program will launch in
the fall of 2018 and aims to prepare students to work in the licensed
production of cannabis, which includes marijuana, hemp fibre and hemp

The school says the one-year postgraduate program was approved this
summer by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills

It will be open to those with a diploma or degree in agribusiness,
agricultural science, environmental science/resource studies,
horticulture or natural sciences, or an acceptable combination of
education and experience.

The college's president, Dan Patterson, says the program is meant to
address a growing labour market need in the wake of legislative
changes in Canada and abroad.

The school says the production of cannabis is highly regulated and the
program, which will be taught at its Niagara-onthe-Lake campus, will
conform to all regulations and requirements.

A community college in New Brunswick announced last year it would
offer a course in horticulture tailored to equip students with the
skills to work in a the growing marijuana industry.

School officials at the French-language College communautaire du
Nouveau-Brunswick have said the course was designed in collaboration
with industry leaders.

The federal government has pledged to legalize recreational marijuana
by next summer.

The new law would allow adults 18 and over to possess up to 30 grams
of dried cannabis or its equivalent in public, share up to 30 grams of
dried marijuana with other adults and buy cannabis or cannabis oil
from a provincially regulated retailer.

The government has also said it intends to bring other products,
including pot-infused edibles, into the legalized sphere once federal
regulations for production and sale are developed and brought into

In Ontario, sales will happen through LCBO-run stores.
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