JADEO is a big fan of both in-person and online workshops, seminars, courses, and conferences. Please note, this is an open group and events can be posted by anyone. If you are looking for something more formal to get into the Cannabis field we suggest you visit our Training and Careers group. Stay Informed. Stay Healthy.
Hey friends on jadeo! I'm excited about this new book and wanted to share the details about it's launch party happening this evening in Toronto. The author, Amanda Siebert, looks like a very cool young woman in the cannabis space to learn from and chat with. Check it out:
Sending a special Thank You out to all of you who attended the Cannabis Wellness Workshop last night at Kensington Market, Toronto. We had such an amazing time meeting and sharing with you all. See you at the next event, stay tuned!
Struggling with the facts around Cannabis legalization and how it affects you? Join Niche Canada on Nov 27, 2018 in Vancouver for "Cannabis & Our Community: What To Expect" to get the answers to your pressing questions. Get your tickets today! http://bit.ly/NiCHEvancouver
Join us on November 8th at 7pm for a Cannabis Wellness Workshop taught by Kiki Athanas, and learn more about the ins and outs of cannabis for wellness. Hosted by Cannabis Society and JADEO Tickets: http://bit.ly/CannabisWithKiki
Don't miss the opportunity to learn how Bill C-45 can affect your business and community. Get your tickets today for @NICHECanada's "Cannabis & Our Community" in Calgary on Oct. 23rd, 2018! http://bit.ly/2OWk7NS
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Bridging the Gaps Through Education: Cannabis & Our Community Event Series
‘Are we ready?’ It’s a question many people are asking as our country heads closer to legalizing recreational cannabis. Canada is just weeks away from the historic start date and it seems most governments, businesses, and organizations are putting the final touches on their plans and hoping that they got it right. It’s important to remember, however, that October 17 is ‘Day One’ and cannabis legalization is a process that will evolve over time. And, it’s only through education, outreach, and transparency that we can ensure the transition is a successful one.
On September 25, NICHE held the first in a series of forums that are designed to educate stakeholders on what communities can expect when it comes to the legalization of recreational cannabis. The Toronto forum brought together experts from a variety of sectors, including government, work safety, health care, education, legal and the cannabis industry, to discuss how to best capitalize on the benefits and mitigate any potential risk.
From unlocking cannabis growth opportunities to workplace policies and best practices in other jurisdictions, the event highlighted how important education and dialogue will be as our country prepares for and implements the historic changes that lie in front of us.
The keynote speaker was Health Canada’s Eric Costen, who is the Director General for the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat. Costen not only provided practical information and updates on the regulatory framework, but he was also there to answer important questions and provide reassurance through education and transparency.
The transfer of knowledge that took place during the Toronto event is an important piece of the puzzle that is still being shaped. There is no doubt that following legalization there will be issues that need addressing, plans that need tweaking and lessons that need to be learned. It’s unrealistic to expect that such a seismic shift in policy can be rolled out seamlessly, which is why continued dialogue is so important. As a country, we need to be willing and able to highlight issues and successes, so that we can develop solutions and create a successful roadmap for the future.
It is an exciting time, but change is always a little scary. This is especially true for those Canadians that do not support legalization. Let’s continue reaching out to the naysayers, because communication with people representing all sides of the debate will benefit us all.
NICHE Canada and Aurora Cannabis Launch Guide for Municipal Candidates on Cannabis Legalization and Implementation
The National Institute for Health and Education (NICHE) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (“Aurora” or the “Company”) (TSX: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) are pleased to launch a new guide to cannabis legalization for municipal candidates, with a view to raising awareness of the new cannabis laws that will come into effect next month.
Local BC government leaders are gathering this week for the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Whistler, BC, in advance of this year’s municipal elections that are taking place next month. Several other provinces and territories will also head to the polls this year to elect new local government representatives, including Ontario, Manitoba, PEI, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.
“Legalization is complicated and sifting through the multitude of regulations can be a daunting process,” says Barinder Rasode, CEO of NICHE Canada. “Municipalities are on the front lines of legalization and we want to help prepare them for the changes that are about to take place. We want elected officials to have robust and meaningful conversations about what the new regulations entail and how they will impact communities.”
The Guide provides a synopsis for some of the key topics related to legalization, including a breakdown of who is responsible for regulating what, youth protection, workplace policies, cannabis promotion and the retail landscape.
“In partnering with NICHE, our shared goal is to support informed discussions and decision-making among candidates and elected officials, by providing factual information in an easy to use format,” said Cam Battley, Aurora’s Chief Corporate Officer. “Legalizing cannabis for adult consumer use is intelligent public policy designed to achieve a number of specific beneficial objectives, but it is critical that municipalities have the information they need to ensure that implementation of this new nationwide policy is successful from coast to coast.”
More than a dozen resolutions going to the UBCM conference this week are about cannabis, including a Special Resolution that seeks to advance a short- and long-term cannabis excise tax revenue sharing strategy with the provincial government.
“There is no doubt that cannabis will be a hot topic this week and in local government election campaigns across the country this year. We want the debates around legalization to focus on facts and solutions, and we want to arm our elected officials with practical information to help inform those conversations,” says Rasode.
For more information and to download a copy of the Guide, please visit: nichecanada.com/guide-to-cannabis-legalization
Building Bridges Through Education
Canada is less than two months away from legalizing recreational cannabis and, societal reform is no easy task. There is a huge effort underway from coast to coast to coast ensuring that governments, businesses, and communities are ready and able to create a safe and thriving new industry.
As NICHE travels the country speaking to patients, businesses, industry and government officials, we consistently hear that public education is the foundation for the successful implementation of a legalized cannabis regime.
We believe that engagement, communication, and collaboration will not only build bridges within the industry, it will help reduce the stigma surrounding cannabis. We’re not just on the path to legalization, we’re on the path to normalization. As a society, we need to progress to the point where people who consume cannabis aren’t forced to hide it for fear of shaming. This will come through education and reaching out to the broader community.
Last Spring, NICHE held its inaugural Cannabis & Our Community forum in Kelowna to explore the impacts of legalization and help advance education and awareness about the industry. We brought together experts from a range of sectors to provide meaningful and practical information about how people can prepare for the changes that lie ahead and succeed in this new environment.
It will be an opportunity to educate stakeholders from local government, tourism, work safety, health care, insurance and other sectors about how they can capitalize on the benefits while mitigating any potential risk.
The forums will target the needs of communities and the goal is to ensure people gain a better understanding of the business development opportunities and how their organization can smoothly transition to the new legal and regulatory framework.
We are entering a new era in our country. And, while there are still many unanswered questions about exactly how legalization will unfold, and those that choose to fill the knowledge gap that currently exists will be well-positioned to capitalize on the lucrative opportunities available in Canada’s new cannabis regime.
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We at JADEO know that trust needs to be earned. In support of our Trust mandate, we have launched our first initiative called "The Trusted Source By JADEO" program. This initiative allows people and brands to apply for a Trusted Source badge that will be displayed on their profile along with the benefit of having their posts seen by all (members and non-members) on the JADEO Discovery Feed.
What is a Trusted Source?
First, it is important to note that a Trusted Souce is just a verified source whom JADEO has validated their identity through all social networks and/or references. It does NOT mean they are recommended by JADEO, their opinion or products/services endorsed by JADEO, nor have their backgrounds (i.e., lawyer, doctor, etc.) been validated in any way.
To help fight against the black market, ensure child and community safety we want to promote individuals and brands that are genuinely C-45 compliant and that support our community mandate. A Trusted Souce can include individuals/brands that are anti-cannabis, as we believe in diversity of opinion.
Why become a Trusted Source?
Currently, for others to see your posts on the JADEO discovery feed they must a) be logged in, b) "Follow" you, or c) be "Connected" with you. As a Trusted Source, you will receive a badge on your profile image and all your posts will be displayed on the Discovery feed for all to see (logged-in or not).
Who qualifies to be a Trusted Source?
We are looking for those who want to actively participate in the community in a respectful and insightful way. Whether you are a Doctor or simply a Health Influencer, or maybe even an awesome stay-at-home dad/mom, you can qualify.
How does one become a Trusted Source?
JADEO actively approaches select members to become Trusted Sources on a weekly basis, but you can also apply or nominate another member (or outside resource) by visiting the JADEO profile and sending us an in-message with your THREE URLs (including one of which is LinkedIn.) We will use your social media presence to validate your profile. We may also reach out to any shared connections on LinkedIn, again, only to validate your identity. Please note, the Trusted Source applications are reviewed weekly by committe and can take 1 - 2 weeks to be awarded. You will be notified by our community manager of your status.
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Last Updated: Sept. 9, 2018
Cannabis Policy in Canada: Diffusion or Confusion?
In June 2018, Canada’s Parliament officially passed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis use and possession. The federal framework provides legal direction to provincial legislatures to ensure provincial cannabis policies are harmonized to reflect national goals while leaving some room for provincial discretion. Every province has drafted a corresponding legislative framework, and cannabis is set to become legal in October. This makes Canada a living laboratory to examine the phenomenon of policy diffusion: when governments adopt policies that emulate those of other governments.
Have provincial governments chosen to align their regulatory frameworks for cannabis, or have they chosen to ‘go it alone’? There are many similarities in the provincial cannabis policies, specifically in terms of embracing the federal government’s three overarching policy goals for legalization: enforcing public safety and protection, establishing a safe and responsible supply chain, and minimizing harms of use. Yet, there are also notable areas of variation, including age limits, possession maximums, consumption parameters, educational awareness funding, retail and distribution strategies, and personal cultivation policies.
Why did variation occur where it did, and why was it so minimal? Our research compares two provinces – New Brunswick and Ontario – to find an explanation. Legislative debates and official government documents from New Brunswick and Ontario reveal two sources of this variation: first, New Brunswick and Ontario engaged in learning from the successes of other (primarily American) jurisdictions that had legalized cannabis recently. Second, those provinces combined this with what Jared Wesley (2018) calls the replication of analogous policies, by explicitly copying their own tobacco and alcohol frameworks and applying them to cannabis. The relatively minor differences between Ontario and New Brunswick can be explained in part by the differing extents to which they relied on these American states, and by their own minor differences in their existing alcohol and tobacco policies.
These provinces’ reliance on existing policies can in part be explained by the then-looming July 1, 2018 deadline set by the federal government, which discouraged policy innovation.
Given the complexities and uncertainties surrounding cannabis policy—and given that the long-term consequences of cannabis legalization are largely unknown—we fear that an overreliance on policy learning and replication may produce what Nair and Howlett (2017) call “policy myopia,” or “the inability to clearly see the horizon of the future policy environment."
The short timeline the provinces had to develop their cannabis frameworks may have produced misguided policy action ensuing from inadequate information and logistical uncertainties. This presents a serious problem as the likelihood of policy failure is significantly increased.