In the news Long-term care agreements WeedMD Inc., a federally licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis, has signed agreements to supply medicinal cannabis products with three long-term care and retirement home providers in Ontario. These include peopleCare Commun-ities, Arbour Heights, and the Belmont Long Term Care Facility, which together total nine homes with more than 1,000 beds across the province. “Being chosen as the exclusive cannabis provider to these commun-ities highlights our ability to provide medicinal cannabis products in conjunction with our integrated priority program developed for the long-term care, assisted living, and seniors’ markets,” said Bruce Daw-son-Scully, CEO of WeedMD. JWC gearing up production James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC), a medical cannabis company in Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo area, is moving into the empty Lear Corp. manufacturing plant. JWC has signed a lease for 275,000 square feet and plans to move in this January. Its plans include hiring between 400 to 600 employees by the end of next year, and approaching Conestoga College about developing an accredited program to train people in commercial cannabis cultivation and processing to meet the growing market. ACRES has completed its first sale of dried cannabis to Aurora Cannabis Inc., one of Canada’s leading licensed producers. Aurora will sell cannabis procured from 7ACRES to its medical cannabis patients with a producer’s mark specifying the cannabis as “SunGrown by 7ACRES.” 7 School’s In for Cannabis Canada’s first post-secondary course for the production of commercial cannabis will welcome its first students next September. Niagara College will launch a graduate certificate program in commercial cannabis production in 2018. School officials say it is responding to a need for skilled graduates who are knowledgeable in the complex regulations and requirements of the emerging industry. “We’re a pre-emptive college, and one of our key strengths is our ability to anticipate and respond to emerging industries, trends and labour-market needs,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. The program, which will be Visit us online Find the latest LP-related news, stories, blogs and analysis from across Canada. Space Cowboys advising hemp project Space Cowboys, Inc., in Loveland, Col., has been retained to provide consult-ing services for the New Brunswick hemp project of the Marijuana Company of America. Space Cowboys will assist MCOA to maximize cannabinoid production as the group ramps up cultivation operations in New Brunswick in the coming years. growopportunity.ca fb.com/GrowOpportunity 6 GROW OPPORTUNITY @GrowOpportunity Fall 2017 P H O T O : C O UR TES Y NIA G ARA C O LLE GE located at the school’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, is a one-year post-grad program open to students with a diploma or degree from an accredited college or university in agribusiness, agricultural sciences, environ-mental science/resource studies, horticulture or natural sciences, or an acceptable combination of education and experience. “This program will produce graduates who are skilled and knowledgeable Greenhouse and Controlled Environment Techni-cians who are also trained in all of the procedures, requirements, regulations and standards for this industry,” said Al Unwin, associate dean of Niagara College’s School of Environmental and Horticul-tural Studies.