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 2019: What’s in it for Cannabis?; The new federal budget includes a change to the tax structure around new categories of cannabis products and medical expense tax credit.
Research News: The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is joining with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to provide $1.5 million in funding for research into how cannabis can be used to manage the symptoms of MS as well as its effect on the disease. Daily Hive has the details.
On March 22, Bill C-93: An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis was tabled in the House of Commons. A cross-Canada, 'Pardon Truck' run by the Cannabis Amnesty campaign calling for government to wipe clean minor cannabis convictions has hit the road again after making a first stop Friday in Vancouver. As the Vancouver Sun reports, organizers are petitioning Ottawa to go beyond pardons by expunging past simple possession convictions.
“It’s very important that the small producers are brought in to the legal market. Many of them have been experts in their field, they are a significant asset to the industry and the country.” As the Daily Hive reports, David Hurford says the BC Small Cannabis Producer and Processor Co-op can help.
Food for Thought: The introduction of edible cannabis products into the legal market provides an occasion for both education and harm reduction. As Huffington Post reports, Canada needs to settle on a safe standard dose for cannabis edibles because the THC content guidelines proposed by Health Canada could lead to unintended overconsumption.