First of its kind in Canada, program covers growing pot and its
It's got the greenhouse, the curriculum and the necessary
Now all that's needed are up to 25 students keen on becoming the first
crop of students to earn a post secondary certificate in growing pot.
Niagara College, located in the heart of Ontario wine country,
announced Tuesday it will establish a one-year, post-grad program in
commercial cannabis production, which it says is the first of its kind
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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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Three of Ottawa's illegal pot shops have been sent notices from the
city warning that they are violating zoning bylaws.
It's the latest attempt by authorities to clamp down on the growing
number of illegal marijuana dispensaries in town as the clock ticks
down to July 1, when the federal government has promised that
recreational marijuana will be legal.
There are at least 19 dispensaries in Ottawa.
The city has said it has no authority to regulate the shops, since
there are no bylaws governing illegal businesses.
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AS recreational cannabis becomes legal nationally on July 1, Canadians
are faced with tremendous opportunity and risk. Our country is
essentially rolling back a long-existing illegal trade to facilitate a
legal, regulated market. The purpose, as the federal Liberal platform
says, is: "to ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of
children and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will
legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana."
With much yet to be figured out, the following focuses on the issue of
how to implement retail distribution, which rests with each province.
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THE federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018.
While the Liberals will enjoy the political payoff of appearing
progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will
fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments.
There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence,
such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity
for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social
outcomes associated with its use.
In other words, it matters how we legalize marijuana, not just that we
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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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RE: Legalizing pot
On July 1, 2018, I predict a storm, the likes of which we have never
seen. It will go right across this beautiful country of ours leaving
destruction. His name? Marijuana. Cost to us, significant. With the
government it's always about the money. Enough said.
Lucy Gris, Binbrook
Your meds are safe for a little while longer.
Congressional lawmakers bought a little more time for the
Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment by extending the current federal
budget with a disaster relief bill signed by President Donald Trump
earlier this month. The clause is set to expire with the rest of the
bill on Dec. 8.
The bill itself caught a lot of press due to the shocking ease with
which Trump sided with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. Of the 90
"no" votes in the House of Representatives, all were Republican.
(House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told the Washington Post the vote
indicated House Republicans "have a philosophical problem with
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'I don't really think that's on the table,' minister says
The NDP government says it isn't considering raising Alberta's legal
age of 18 for drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco as it develops its
policies around legal marijuana.
Alberta Health Services, in its written submission to the government's
consultations on legal cannabis, suggested the province consider a
minimum age of 21 for marijuana consumption, and potentially raise the
drinking and smoking tobacco age to match.
But outside a meeting of Premier Rachel Notley's cabinet at McDougall
Centre, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said changing the legal age
for alcohol consumption is not on the agenda.
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What police have called an "illegal storefront business" continues to
operate but minus a key aspect.
The City of Prince George granted WeeMedical a business licence on
Sept. 13, two days after the chain agreed with a court order
prohibiting it from dispensing marijuana.
The Third Avenue downtown store was the subject of an RCMP raid in
Police seized a "considerable amount" of marijuana and
cannabis-infused food as well as other items in support of charges
under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Two people were also
arrested and later released on promises to appear in court on Oct.
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When it comes tomy son's possible future use of marijuana, I'm not
sure if "It's legal, mom!" will have a material impact on my response.
I have imagined this conversation, and others like it, about life's
many potentially addicting substances and behaviours- alcohol,
prescription and other drugs, gambling, speeding, texting and driving,
pornography, sugar, etc.- because I know the kind of world we live in
today and that the values of the majority are less and less aligned
with the old-fashioned values espoused at my craggy old kitchen table.
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Amy Stalker says she had more control over her own health when she
lived in Colorado, where marijuana can be legally prescribed as
medicine. Stalker now lives in Kentucky, where medical use of
marijuana is banned.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday against Gov. Matt Bevin and
Attorney General Andy Beshear that called for the legalization of
medical marijuana in Kentucky.
In his opinion, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate wrote that the
Kentucky Supreme Court clearly established in a 2000 decision
involving actor and hemp activist Woody Harrelson that the General
Assembly has the sole discretion under the state Constitution to
regulate the use of cannabis in the state. The courts do not have the
authority to intervene, Wingate wrote.
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The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government
planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned.
The changes, announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation
Minister Steven Del Duca Monday morning, will particularly affect
drivers under age 21, novice drivers with limited licences and
commercial drivers. None of them will be permitted to have any alcohol
or cannabis in their systems if they're driving, and violations will
be treated with harsher roadside punishments - steeper cash penalties
and, in some cases, longer driving suspensions.
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It will be a "huge challenge" to get Saskatchewan ready for the
expected July 1 legalization of marijuana, Attorney General Don Morgan
"We will have to introduce legislation at some point during the fall
session so it can be voted (on) in the spring. So for us to get the
information out of the survey, announce to the public 'this is what
we're hearing' so that people know this is the consensus we're getting
from the province, and then get legislation in and workable, is going
to be a real challenge."
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Re Weed Wacker: Editorial cartoon, Sept. 17 This cartoon may have been
funny 50 years ago, but it loses all of its humour by depicting a
typical marijuana user as a dopey hippie from the past, complete with
his peace sign and scruffy beard.
Your typical user today could just as well be a business executive, a
school teacher, a church minister or even an elected politician.
What I believe is that this cartoon reflects a very conservative
attitude of "yes, legal weed is coming, but we are determined to make
sure it is going to be very hard to get your hands on it."
But, the most humorous thing about your drawing, surely unintentional,
is that our premier is holding a gavel with the words "pot rules" on
it. This is definitely a sentiment I would agree with.
Kevin Murphy, Thornhill
To tackle organized crime and those who lure young people into
marijuana use, we need to legalize marijuana.
This was one of the messages MP Bill Blair had at a town hall
discussion at Cornell Community Centre Sunday.
Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott and Markham-Thornhill MP Mary Ng
hosted the meeting on the legalization and regulation of cannabis with
Blair, parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice and attorney
general of Canada.
In April 2017, the federal government introduced legislation to
legalize and regulate recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018. If
passed, the proposed Cannabis Act would create rules for producing,
using and selling cannabis across Canada.
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B.C. municipalities intend to debate next week how to press the
provincial government to include them in its plans for cannabis as
federal legalization approaches.
The Union of B.C. Municipalities will vote on a special resolution at
its annual convention next Wednesday.
The resolution, which addresses their role in a provincial cannabis
framework ahead of federal legalization expected next July, was put
forth by the union's executive.
It calls for "fulsome and meaningful" consultation with Victoria,
adequate provincial funding to cover costs related to implementing its
framework, a fair share of taxes for cities and respect for
municipalities' "choice, jurisdiction and authority" with regards to
land use, zoning and other city hall concerns.
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Re: Ashley Robinson's article (Kids will be able to possess weed under
federal marijuanalegislation, Sept. 15):
The Government of Canada's position is clear: youth should not have
any amount of cannabis. As Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said,
under Bill C-45 there will be no legal means for a young person to
obtain recreational cannabis. C-45 will also, for the first time, make
it a criminal offence to sell cannabis to a minor and create
significant penalties for those who engage youth in related offences.
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ALDERVILLE - Alderville First Nation's Rob Stevenson had just opened
his marijuanadispensary, Medicine Wheel Natural Healing, on County
Road 45 in Roseneath when the provincial government announced its
plans to close dispensaries in Ontario and set up 150 government-run
stores to sell cannabis.
This is to happen within the next year.
Stevenson, a member of the Anishinaabe of the Bear Clan who lives in
Alderville First Nation, said that the Ontario government doesn't have
that right when dealing with Indigenous people.
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It's been almost two full years since young Justin Trudeau and his
Liberal party performed one of the most impressive revivals of a
political party in Canadian history, regaining power from the Royal
Canadian Harper Government and providing the country what was, in
contrast, a progressive, marketing friendly face to the world. In
addition, Young Justin has benefited from the stark contrast between
his own public persona and that of the pustule of awfulness that has
infested the American White House this year. For many progressives
around the world, he has come not only to represent a kind of politics
in direct opposition to his American counterpart and a signal of hope
to ease the despair of those who see in Trump the moral, economic, and
social failure that he represents.
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