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Higher Education

Niagara College plans to offer certificate in commercial cannabis production

Those seeking a diploma or degree in agribusiness, agricultural science, environmental science/resource studies, horticulture or natural sciences will soon be able to add an additional skill – commercial cannabis production.

Niagara College has recently announced the launch of a graduate certificate program which aims to prepare students to work in the licensed production of cannabis.

The one-year post-graduate program which is set to launch in the fall of 2018 was approved by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development this summer.

With the federal government pledging to legalize recreational marijuana by summer 2018, the need for skills to conform to imposed regulations and requirements has never been higher.

The proposed legislation will allow adults 18 and over to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis and cannabis or cannabis oil will be available from a provincially regulated retailer.

While Niagara College’s program is a first in Canada responding to a need for graduates knowledgeable in the complex regulations and requirements of an emerging industry, it won’t be the last. Community colleges in Campbellton and Moncton, New Brunswick announced last year that they were developing medical marijuana training.

The initial intake for Niagara College’s Commercial Cannabis Production program is scheduled for Fall 2018.

For further program and application information visit http://www.niagaracollege.ca/ccp.