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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:

  • Senate News: Canada moved one step closer to legalizing recreational cannabis last week. It was history in the making, as the Senate passed the Cannabis Act, with the vote result being: Yeas: 56 Nays: 30 Abstentions: 1. As the Financial Post reports, the bill now heads back to the House of Commons, where members of Parliament have to decide whether to accept more than 40 amendments senators made to the act.

  • New Blog: Cannabis Legalization in Québec: What Should We Expect?; Our latest blog explores some of the key decisions that will affect how Quebecers experience cannabis legalization.

  • ICYMI: Senate amendments test Trudeau’s position on homegrown cannabis; As the Globe reports, the Senate has adopted an amendment that clearly lays out the right of provinces to prohibit home cultivation. The Prime Minister says he views home cultivation as a key measure to fight the grasp of organized crime over the cannabis trade in Canada. So, as the bill heads back to the House of Commons, the biggest question is the ultimate fate of the prohibition of home-growing operations by adults.

  • New Study: Legal pot isn't a threat to public health or safety, doctors tell Senate; As the Canadian Press reports, there's little evidence that legalized marijuana poses a threat to public health and safety, and there may be benefits, says a new study from Canadian doctors and researchers.

  • Food for Thought: If cannabis possession isn't a crime, they shouldn't be criminals; As the Winnipeg Free Press editorial board comments, the change in the legal status of cannabis brings an important question: what happens to people who have criminal records for possession when the plant becomes legal to possess?