Cannabis Industry Studies

Seneca College Certificate

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Overview

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 program is intended for students who wish to enter the developing cannabis industry and is 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.

This program provides courses in cannabis, health and wellness, the Canadian legal and regulation system, customer experience and retail sales. Through this program, graduates will gain foundational knowledge that will be an advantage for employment in the dynamic and growing industry.

Upon successful completion, graduates 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)

OR

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

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Curriculum

Foundational Courses (3)

CNB101
Cannabis Fundamentals
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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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CNB102
Cannabis Law and Ethics
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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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CNB103
Cannabis Health and Wellness
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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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Elective Courses (3)

CNB104
Cannabis Clinics for Healthcare Professionals
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This course provides students with a template for having conversations around medical cannabis with patients in a medical practice environment. The course examines the use of medical cannabis as an alternative therapy, reviews current topics in cannabinoid therapy, and discusses the evidence for its potential benefits and harms. Students will also learn how to provide an effective referral to a local cannabinoid expert clinician (Cannabis Clinic) to ensure the optimization of patient health.




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CNB105
Cannabis Retail and Wholesale Operations
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This course will introduce students to the business of cannabis. Focus will be placed on the basics of cannabis retail, starting with the retail requirements that fall under federal and provincial cannabis legislation. Student will learn about starting and operating a licensed cannabis dispensary, the various roles of licensed cannabis store employees (retail operators/managers, customer service experts, also known as budtenders), the standards of cannabis customer service, and the types of products available for sale (seeds, dried flowers, capsules, oils, accessories). The course will also review the latest cannabis legalization, Cannabis 2.0, the approval for sale of edibles, beverages, concentrates and topicals, and the effect this legalization is having on the cannabis retail industry.




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CNB106
Cannabis in the Work Place
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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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CNB107
Introduction to Growing Cannabis
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In Ontario, it is legal for individuals 19 years of age and older to own and grow up to four cannabis plants per household. There are many factors to consider when growing cannabis including either indoors or outdoors. Students will learn the foundations of growing cannabis including seed selection, cloning, light, soil, nutrients, the stages of growth, harvesting and storage. The course will also cover descriptions of processes to create cannabis products based on the plant such as oils, concentrates and edibles.




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Program Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Evaluate how the global history of cannabis has shaped the emerging industry.
  2. Communicate the characteristics of the cannabis plants and the different cannabis species and strains to consumers, clients, customers, and colleagues.
  3. Explain the benefits, risks and potential side effects of medical and recreational cannabis.
  4. Explain how the elements of the endocannabinoid system work with endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids.
  5. Articulate key elements of the Cannabis Act, including regulations for personal and commercial use, as well as for growing, production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis.
  6. Discuss the complexities of cannabis legalization within the Canadian workplace.
  7. Evaluate and communicate the legal and ethical implications of the use of medical and recreational cannabis in Canadian society.

Partnership

This program is offered through a partnership with Aleafia Health, a Canadian medical and wellness cannabis company with a focus on cannabis cultivation, research and the provision of cannabis authorizations through medical clinics. Through their education division, FoliEdge Academy, the company develops proprietary, online cannabis courses for practitioners and the community in medicine and health and wellness, as well as for working professionals in the fields of human resources and business.

Program Contacts

Barbara Pimenoff
Program Coordinator
Barbara.Pimenoff@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24019