NICHE this Week: 5 Things You Need to Know

As you kick off the week, here are five things making news in the cannabis industry:

  • NICHE Blog: A Path Forward for Indigenous Communities; In our latest blog we explore how cannabis legalization is being hotly debated in Indigenous communities across Canada. From economic development, to social responsibility and sovereignty, the new industry has spurred many questions about the path forward for Indigenous groups.

  • Research News: “It’s an exciting time to be in the plant sciences because the cannabis industry’s funding a lot of research that most industries wouldn’t fund.” Eight academic institutions have obtained licences from Health Canada to cultivate cannabis for scientific purposes, allowing them to closely study the drug that was legalized for recreational use in October.

  • As demand for craft B.C. cannabis takes off, distributors want to recruit small-batch growers; As the CBC reports, sellers say cannabis produced in smaller batches is of higher quality and more potent than cannabis that is grown in large facilities.

  • ICYMI: Canadians eat or smoke anywhere between 400 to 1,600 tonnes of cannabis per year, according to a few months of sewage samples examined for the federal government. The first-of-its-kind tests involve gauging traces of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, at 15 wastewater treatment plants in Canada. The Black Press takes a look at the results.

  • Food for Thought: Canadian governments should allow medical cannabis to be sold in pharmacies, according to a newly formed group of producers, drug companies, pharmacists and retailers. Dubbed the Common Initiative, the group is urging changes to Canada’s medical marijuana regulations, which only allow for distribution of the drug via mail. It’s also pushing for tax on medical cannabis to be dropped so it’s treated the same as other medicines.

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