Cannabis Industry Studies


Medical and recreational cannabis markets are rapidly expanding in Canada and globally. The dramatic growth of the cannabis market has a significant impact on multiple industry sectors. There are 11 different sectors directly associated with the cannabis industry, according to the Marijuana Index. A variety of companies focus on the cultivation, biotechnological product development and marketing of cannabis and hemp products; others engage in retail, safety, quality control and health and wellness.

The Cannabis Industry Studies courses are designed to respond to emergent industry demand for cannabis-related knowledge across a number of sectors including health and wellness, agriculture, food, human resources, retail and consumption devices. 

These courses are intended for students who wish to enter the developing cannabis industry, and focus on the Canadian legal and regulation system; health and wellness; customer experience; and retail sales. Through these courses, students will gain foundational knowledge that will be an advantage for employment in the dynamic and growing cannabis industry.

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to be employed in areas within the cannabis industry related to sales, retail, customer service, human resources, health sciences, clinics, distribution and supply chain management.

Entry Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)


  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course, or the equivalent.

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Foundational Courses

Cannabis Fundamentals

This course provides students with a baseline knowledge of what cannabis is, how and where it was discovered, how it interacts with the human body and how it can be legally accessed. Students will gain an understanding of this new industry, of the medical and adult uses of legal cannabis products purchase from Licensed Producers (LPs), as well as the potential benefits and risks of cannabis therapy.

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Cannabis Law and Ethics

This course examines the current state of cannabis legislation in Canada and the various federal and provincial laws that govern access to and use of medical and recreational cannabis. Students will learn about regulations as they relate to the production, promotion, packaging, sale, and use of cannabis, within the framework of ensuring government compliance.

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Cannabis Health and Wellness

This course focuses on cannabis from the perspective of patients who plan to use medical cannabis to improve treatment of symptoms or conditions. It provides a detailed look at the benefits and risks associated with cannabinoid therapy and examines the process of ordering and administering medical cannabis, including conditions of use, existing products and formats, access through LPs, methods of use (flowers, oils, capsules), frequency, dosages, and changes in effectiveness over time.

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Cannabis in the Work Place

This course focuses on medical cannabis and employers' duty to accommodate employees with cannabis authorizations (prescriptions) for medical purposes. Students will review the legislation that regulates employers' and employees' use of cannabis in the workplace and explore how rules for cannabis in the workplace can be outlined through policies. The course will examine how to create accessible policies, ensure compliance, and address policy violations.

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For more information on the Cannabis Industry Studies courses, please contact Barbara Pimenoff at:


Phone: 416-491-5050 ext.24019