Cultivating curiosity: Niagara College’s ‘Cannabis 101’ community seminar series is back

Niagara College press release – This month, Niagara College is expanding its Cannabis 101 community seminar series with fresh offerings – including an interactive seminar on growing at home – as well as retail workshops led by local dispensary owners and a professional series for licensed producers.

The four-part Community Series is designed for anyone and everyone looking to develop a better understanding of cannabis. The series is a collaboration between NC’s School of Part-Time Studies and Environment division, and the seminars take place at the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake on topics including The History and Evolution of Cannabis, The Cannabis Plant from Seed to Sale, and Quality, Regulations and Access. Participants will explore the legal framework and stigma around cannabis, cannabis cultivation, sales and distribution, the difference between CBD and THC, and more, with a chance to visit NC’s cannabis teaching and research lab, the Cannabunker.

New to the winter roster is a full-day, hands-on seminar Growing Cannabis @ Home, taught by industry experts Scott Belton, NC faculty in the Commercial Cannabis Production program and Jennifer Maccarone, CEO of TotalGxP, a consulting company to the cannabis and pharma industry. Attendees will learn about the fundamentals of growing at home, different methods of cultivating, feeding, harvesting, drying and preserving the product, and be ready for the 2020 growing season indoors or outdoors.

“The cannabis industry is already beginning to transform the social and economic landscape of not only Niagara, but all of Canada,” said Al Unwin, NC’s dean of Environment. “The Cannabis 101 series is a great opportunity for members of the Niagara community who may have questions about the science and economics of cannabis to benefit from Niagara College’s expertise in this fast-growing field.”

The courses on offer as part of the Community Seminar Series this February are:

  • The History and Evolution of Cannabis: From Prohibition to Legalization
    Wed. February 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • The Cannabis Plant: From Seed to Sale
    Wed. February 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Cannabis: Quality, Regulations, Access
    Wed. February 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Growing Cannabis @ Home
    Sat. February 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants can register for individual sessions, or for all four. Register online at

Professional Series for licensed producers

NC is also rolling out an industry-focused professional seminar for those in the cannabis growing industry who want to expand their knowledge, which begins this weekend. The profession series includes two courses geared towards licensed producers on integrated pest management and quality assurance and control, taught by experts in the field, experienced NC faculty, and representatives from Health Canada. Participants who complete a course will receive a Statement of Recognition Certificate.

In addition, four seminar courses on the retail cannabis industry will be led by local owners and managers of the only two legal dispensaries here in the Niagara region, The Niagara Herbalist and Choom, geared towards retail professionals in the cannabis industry or those seeking employment in retail. Topics include an introduction and orientation to the industry,growing techniques and terminologysupply chain management and compliance, and front-line language and understanding your customer. Grant funding is available through NC’s Community Employment Services.

For the full course roster, visit