College and university graduates will be able to earn a certificate in
cannabis production starting next fall, when Niagara College will
launch Canada's first accredited program in the field.
The program will begin months after the deadline imposed by the
federal government for legalizing production, distribution and sale of
the weed that is eventually expected to generate $8-billion in annual
sales. With regulations not yet in place for legalized marijuana, the
program may have to shift with politics.
"We heard that the licensed producers need highly skilled,
well-trained individuals who know more than how to grow two or three
plants in a room somewhere," said Al Unwin, the associate dean of
Niagara College's School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies.
"They need a graduate who knows how to create a healthy crop in a very
large facility and a graduate who is aware of the regulatory reality,"
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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.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal anti-drug program has asked Rhode Island
- -- and more than two dozen other states where medical marijuana is
legal -- to turn over data about patients in the program.
The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government,
which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is
interested in the information.
The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted
the Rhode Island Department of Health in August seeking data from 2012
to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients'
age, gender and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they
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Two initiatives that would amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance
to allow dispensaries to open near liquor stores, and grow facilities
to operate legally, will appear on the November ballot, after a Wayne
County circuit judge's ruling earlier this week.
If approved by voters in November, the changes could have a
wide-reaching impact on the city's budding marijuana industry.
Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press
that the city respects the right of voters to decide but concerns have
been raised about the measures, particularly the one that would impact
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Initiative aims to keep industry jobs local
Todd Veri dreams of fields of marijuana.
The Kaslo farmer was reading a government report on cannabis
legalization last year when he noted that there were plans to allow
outdoor operations - which he's already perfectly set up for.
"I looked out my window at my fields, and thought to myself, 'I would
love to grow a hectare of marijuana, that sounds great.' My next
question was: 'How do I do that?'" the president of the newly created
Kootenay Outdoor Producer Co-op told the Star.
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B.C.'s former health minister, Terry Lake, is moving to the Ottawa
area this weekend to become a vice-president of a medical marijuana
company that is poised for massive growth.
Hydropothecary Corp. is a Health Canada-authorized producer of medical
marijuana with a 26-hectare facility in Gatineau, Que., that is about
to get six times larger. The firm was co-founded in 2013 by a stalwart
Liberal, Adam Miron, who also helped start the news website
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Opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida naturally comes with
a lot of red tape.
Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance at the federal
level, despite the 29 states that have legalized it for recreational
or medicinal use in recent years. That makes it nearly impossible for
banks to fund marijuana distributing companies, which in turn makes it
hard for those companies to sign a lease for a store or warehouse or
even get insurance.
But one Orlando area community bank is willing to take on the
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After decades of dodging law enforcement and fighting for
legalization, U.S. marijuana growers face a new challenge: low prices.
From Washington to Colorado, wholesale cannabis prices have tumbled as
dozens of states legalized the drug for recreational and medicinal
uses, seeding a boom in marijuana production.
The market is still tiny compared with the U.S. tobacco industry's
$119 billion in annual retail sales, but the nascent cannabis business
has grown to more than $6 billion a year at retail, according to data
from Euromonitor International Ltd. and Cowen & Co..
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KASLO - A local group of workers, farmers and investors is pressing
the federal government to keep the door open for co-operative outdoor
cannabis production in the Central Kootenay region of B.C.
There is a new market coming for legal recreational marijuana in
Canada, and the Kootenay Outdoor Producer Co-operative is organizing a
co-op that will keep the profits and high-paying industry jobs local.
Organizers from across the region need your help now to let the
government in Ottawa know that Canadians want to see other business
models flourish besides the big corporate warehouse grow shows.
Regulations being drawn up this summer will determine the future of
the industry, and could shut the door on the potential for
community-based outdoor organic marijuana co-operatives.
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Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS) is not
in favour of the proposed Federal Government's cannabis legalization
"Nova Scotia's Cannabis Legalization Working Group must take into
consideration multi-family unit dwellings' high-density living
environment when writing cannabis regulations," says IPOANS president
Jeremy Jackson. Adding "The current legislation, as is, fails to
protect tenants' right to peaceful enjoyment of their homes, a right
guaranteed under the Nova Scotia Residential Tenancy Act."
According to Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey, there
are 111,000 renter households in Nova Scotia. Taking into account an
average 1.5 occupancy factor per renter household, marijuana use and
cultivation places 166,000 Nova Scotians' health and safety in jeopardy.
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City man alleges bank discriminated against his family because his son
and daughter-in-law were growing medicinal marijuana
A federal judge has granted a Greater Sudbury man's application for
judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights Commission decision last
year to dismiss his 2010 complaint, which alleged the Bank of Nova
Scotia discriminated against his family by demanding repayment of a
mortgage because his son and daughter-in-law were growing medicinal
Robert McIlvenna filed the complaint on Aug. 23, 2010, but the
commission dismissed it in a letter in March 2012, deciding that the
facts as alleged did not constitute a discriminatory practice. That
decision was quashed through the Federal Court of Appeal, which sent
it back to the commission for further investigation, but the
commission dismissed it again, after further investigation, on June
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An initiative to amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow
dispensaries to operate near liquor stores, child-care centers and
parks could appear on the November ballot, after a group behind the
effort submitted thousands of signatures backing the measure.
Citizens for Sensible Cannabis spokesman Jonathan Barlow confirmed his
group submitted petitions late last month seeking to amend Chapter 24
of the city's code.
Elections Director Daniel Baxter said the group met the threshold of
required signatures and his department has since turned the initiative
over to the Detroit City Council, which is expected to consider it
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Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday made 10 appointments to the Maryland
Medical Cannabis Commission, filling vacant positions and replacing
six commissioners whose terms had expired.
The commission is charged with implementing Maryland's medical
cannabis program. The appointments include doctors, business people
and several members of law enforcement.
The appointments are:
* Charles P. LoDico, a chemist and toxicologist for the Department of
Health and Human Services. His appointment fills a vacancy for a
scientist with experience in cannabis.
* Barry G. Pope, a clinical pharmacist for Conduent State Healthcare
LLC. He has been a registered pharmacist for 20 years. Pope was
recommended for this appointment by the Maryland Pharmacists
Association, and fills a vacancy for a licensed pharmacist on the
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When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its
inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible.
That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen
other states, where would-be rehab operators must prove there's a
local demand for their services and obtain a "certificate of need"
before snipping opening-day ribbons and scaling those legendary 12
The lack of such a system is a key reason why Southern California is
known as Rehab Riviera, with far more centers than the region's
population could possibly support, critics say.
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Detroit's crackdown on illegally operating medical marijuana
dispensaries has shuttered 167 shops since the city's regulation
efforts began last year and dozens more are expected.
Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press
that 283 dispensaries were identified last year, all of which were
"None of them were operating lawfully," Hollowell said. "At the time I
sent a letter to each one of them indicating that unless you have a
fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk."
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An environmental group has collected another 50 used needles from
"That's a lot of used needles and we were only out there for an
hour-and-a-half," said Tracey Bucci, of the Grand River Environmental
Group, whose cleanup effort at Mohawk Park on Saturday attracted 13
"It has really become a major problem.
"Most of them had caps on them but many did not and that's a safety
concern for people, especially young children and pets."
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For a while, it appeared that I was attending the wrong news
conference on Thursday. The usual Liberal government suspects were
there, with their typical tendentious talk, including Health Minister
Jane Philpott and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
But I was waiting to hear about the legalization of marijuana, and all
these people wanted to advertise was how some new legislation was
going to "protect children" and "make safer communities" and even
obviate organized crime.
What was this announcement all about? It all started with Liberal MP
and parliamentary secretary Bill Blair, who led the public relations
charge and hit every talking point with an ease and skill that you
might not expect from a former Toronto police chief.
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Authority will take action on marijuana dispensaries that sell food
items such as brownies
Pot dispensaries run the risk of action from Island Health if they
continue to sell marijuana edibles, according to the health
authority's top medical health officer.
Marijuana-infused food, from cookies, to candies, brownies and
chocolate bars have appeared on the menus of Nanaimo dispensaries but
Island Health is now making it clear that preparing, selling or
distributing the edibles is not allowed.
Island Health banned the sale of marijuana edibles at Victoria's Gorge
Medijuana Dispensary after environmental health officers responded to
a complaint about sanitation in the customer service area and that it
was selling edible products. It's through that process that the health
authority learned several other dispensaries are also selling edible
marijuana products, according to an e-mailed statement.
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Patients who consumed tainted medical marijuana from
government-regulated suppliers are questioning how safe the industry
is in the wake of several high-profile recalls due to banned
pesticides, which have exposed serious gaps in Health Canada's oversight.
After a string of recent recalls by Mettrum Ltd., OrganiGram Inc. and
Aurora Cannabis Inc. because of the presence of myclobutanil - a
banned pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - a number
of patients told The Globe and Mail they don't see how Health Canada
can assure them the product can be trusted. Revelations that the
government isn't testing regularly to prove all companies aren't using
harmful chemicals have left consumers concerned for their health.
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Volunteers clean up 1,000 discards a year in a city weighing
supervised drug injection site.
Tom Cull has more than 1,000 reasons - discarded needles - for London
to support a supervised drug injection site.
"We pick them up under bridges, along the watercourse, on the (river)
banks, in parks," he says.
Once a month, from the beginning of April to the start of winter, he
and his crew of volunteers with the Thames River Rally pick up garbage
along the river in London.
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