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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: Politics Changes Everything; Canadians are heading to the polls this year in many provincial, territorial and municipal elections, our latest blog explores how each one of those events could shape the future of legalization.

  • It was a nail biter – Last week, Senators voted 44 to 29 to pass Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, at 2nd reading. A defeat would have killed the bill, forcing the government to start over again with new legislation. This week the Cannabis Act will be discussed by the Senate’s Standing Committees on Aboriginal Peoples, National Security and Defence, and Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

  • Last week, the federal government released a summary of comments received during public consultation of their Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis and unveiled strict limits on cannabis packaging and production.

  • ICYMI: Globe editorial: Federal pot law pushes harm reduction at the expense of coherence; The editors at the Globe and Mail argue that making the legalization message only about harm reduction has always risked incoherence.

  • Food for Thought: Women in weed: welcome to the emerging "estrogen oligarchy"; As the Now reports, the view that women are being left out of the industry’s green rush – and not shaping the future of legal cannabis – is slowly changing


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