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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:

  • New Blog: Budget 2018 Recap; The federal government tabled Budget 2018 last week, and as expected, it contained more details about the government’s plan for legalization. In our latest blog, we discuss how the plan is getting mixed reviews and break down the highs and the lows of the fiscal plan.

  • The Cannabis Act took centre stage in the Senate again last week. Read what the sponsor of the legislation, independent senator Tony Dean, has to say about what’s taken place and what’s lies ahead for the legislation.

  • New Education Opportunity: Cannabis career training at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has expanded to include retail. This spring, a new university course will train frontline staff in the cannabis industry.

  • ICYMI: Billions of dollars worth of black market cannabis sales are expected to shift to a fast-growing group of legal producers. As BNN reports, the federal government says they will compete effectively with the black market and give Canadians a better, more responsible choice at a competitive price.

  • Food for Thought: Scientists and lawyers are raising concerns over Ottawa's plans to combat drug-impaired driving. As the Globe and Mail reports, they are saying the proposed regime is not based on evidence and will struggle to withstand legal challenges because there's not a good correlation between impairment and blood concentration.