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Sask Polytech looks to provide cannabis education

The cannabis industry is about to light up in Canada and Saskatchewan Polytechnic foresees a growing demand for a major in marijuana.

“We are working on new programming that would offer students an education in both the retail sales side and production or cultivation of cannabis,” Anne Neufeld, provost and academic vice-president for the school, said.

There are already several post secondary institutions across Canada that offer cannabis programming, specifically for commercial production and cultivation of medicinal marijuana.


Canadian business owners discuss marijuana in workplace

Saskatchewan business owners discussed marijuana in the workplace at a conference held in Regina on Monday.

The Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board invited business owners from around the province to address questions and concerns around pot in the workplace. Stakeholders around the country are still working to decipher the details of marijuana as legalization looms closer. Business owners are busy looking to create or adjust their personal pot policies.

"There (are) a number of concerns from industry and really it's a delicate balance between the rights of the individual and the responsibility to maintain a safe workplace," Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board member Kevin Mooney said.


Canada: Saskatchewan to set marijuana legal age at 19

Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won't end up with a criminal record.

The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.

Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government's priority when it set the age at 19.

"We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going," Morgan said.

"It would have been a challenge to use 23 or 25 or a later age. We were afraid that it would make it easier for the black market to be established at the lower ages."


OneLeaf Cannabis Corp. plans multi-million dollar cannabis production facility just outside Regina

Mike Templeton admits he was a little green when it came to the cannabis industry.

“Cannabis is much different than oil but yet a commodity really that’s in this country now,” Templeton said.

After leaving his oil and gas company last year, he set out on a new venture. Recently announcing plans to build a 44,000-square-foot cannabis production facility, just west of Regina in the RM of Sherwood.

“As far as facilities go in Canada, we will be one of the higher end facilities,” he explained.


SLGA to issue about 60 permits to sell cannabis in Sask., government says

The Saskatchewan government has announced marijuana will be sold by private companies after the drug is federally legalized.

Gene Makowsky, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), said the move was made under a tough deadline. The federal government is pushing for a legalization date of July 1.

"The federal government has established very aggressive timelines for the legalization of cannabis," Makowsky said.

"Our government is being diligent to ensure the sale and regulation of cannabis in Saskatchewan strikes a balance between public safety and access for consumers."


'The stakes can be very, very big': Saskatchewan's marijuana market getting serious

Pot, suddenly, is big business — the signs are everywhere. But nothing signals big business like an attempted hostile takeover. Saskatoon-based CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid by competitor Aurora Cannabis Inc.

The details of that attempted takeover are complex and there's reason to belive it may or may not happen. But what is clear is that big money is at stake with the pending legalization of marijuana. 

Legal pot market could be worth $250M in Sask.


CanniMed announces agreement to supply medical cannabis to PharmaChoice

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. says it has entered into a definitive agreement with PharmaChoice to supply herbal, oils and oil-derivative cannabis products to its more than 750 pharmacy locations across Canada.

The Saskatoon-based company says PharmaChoice has committed exclusively to CanniMed as its sole supplier of cannabis products, subject to CanniMed meeting certain product and volume requirements.

Earlier this year, CanniMed signed a letter of intent with member-owned co-operative PharmaChoice to be its exclusive medical cannabis distributor and to train its pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The company says its deal with PharmaChoice is still conditional on Health Canada's approval of medical cannabis product distribution through pharmacies.


Canada: With legal pot looming, Saskatchewan to get tough on drug-impaired drivers

While the government of Saskatchewan has not yet finalized its plan for the sale and distribution of marijuana, it is today declaring its stance on drug-impaired driving.

'Driving impaired by drugs or alcohol is a bad idea, with serious consequences.' - Joe Hargrave 

New legislation introduced today in the provincial legislature comes with a warning from the government that it will take a zero-tolerance stand on drug-impaired driving.  

"In Saskatchewan it is currently and will continue to be illegal to drive while impaired whether by drugs or alcohol," said Joe Hargrave, the minister responsible for SGI, in a news release. "That is not changing, even when personal cannabis use becomes legal in July."


How employers can prep for marijuana legalization

A conference in Saskatoon is aiming to help employers explore ways to get ready for the emergence of marijuana on the job as the date of legalization draws near.

"Each organization is wise to start thinking about it in broad terms, looking at their existing policies and then looking to adopt those policies. It's not that complicated but it's important to start the conversation, " Kathleen Thompson told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.

On Tuesday, the cannabis policy consultant and researcher presented at the Work Better Safer event on the topic of Cannabis and the Workplace.

According to Thompson, there are four different domains employers should focus on when determining potential hazards in the workplace:


CanniMed Therapeutics reports financial results for Q3 2017

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) today released its financial results for the three and nine months ended July 31, 2017.



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