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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:

  • Ontario will allow private cannabis retailers to sell their products online or by phone for in-store pickup, in a significant move that chips away at the Ontario Cannabis Store’s monopoly on online cannabis sales. As the Financial Post reports, the province’s fall economic statement is proposing amendments to the current legislation around cannabis retail in order to “ensure consumers’ preferred cannabis products are available” and “wait times reduced” at the 25 retail stores that currently operate across the province.

  • Five Canadian colleges and a national advocacy body have formed the Canadian College Consortium for Cannabis to explore and pursue joint training and applied research opportunities. Learn more.

  • Cannabis use could be helping Canadians alleviate some of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research from the BC Centre on Substance Use and the University of British Columbia.

  • ICYMI: Medical practitioners at Walmart walk-in clinics will soon be equipped to dispense cannabis advice to patients. Spectrum Therapeutics, the medical branch of Canopy Growth, is teaming up with Tree of Knowledge, an international biomedical corporation focused on cannabis products, to deliver online cannabis education at Tree of Knowledge’s partner clinic, Jack Nathan Health.

  • Food for Thought: "Science has to lead the way." Born out of proving nutrition claims through science, meet the company that sees the same potential in cannabis.