Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy
5.5°C

Planning underway for marijuana conference at TRU

May 20, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A conference is in the works at Thompson Rivers University to look at the business impact of the impending legalization of marijuana in our country.

Paul Clark, a lecturer with the School of Business and Economics at TRU, is trying to organize an academic conference looking at how medical marijuana will impact existing industries.

There are at least 20 marijuana specific conferences around the world, but Clark says few have an academic angle.

“Very few are hosted by universities that bring together industry, government and research,” he says. “We want to provide a forum for those stake holders.”

Right now he says the focus is on B.C., bringing together the industry experts, academic researchers and provincial representatives. The conference would also look at how the changing status of marijuana would effect a wide range of industries with university faculty from a variety of departments already involved.

“As educators at this facility it’s our responsibility to be aware and on the cutting edge of industry changes,” he says. “Eventually we want as many departments at the university involved in this conference to discuss how the cannabis market is going to be effecting their industry.”

Clark sees B.C.’s reputation as one of the worlds leaders in marijuana as an opportunity for the university.

“A wonderful brand developed by itself against the wishes of the government.” he says. “B.C. used to have a leading roll in this industry, albeit illegal. Now we’re second to the North American market behind the U.S.

“B.C. bud could be home of a global industry,” he says. “In Kamloops we’re arguably in the epicentre of that.”


To contact a reporter for this story, email Brendan Kergin or call 250-819-6089 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2016
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • Murder victim found in Kelowna orchard identified
    KELOWNA - The identity of the woman whose body was found in a Kelowna orchard last week has been made public on social media. Kelowna resident Russia Katalina Nicholson was just 23-years-old
  • Nasty weather forecast for Thompson, Shuswap tomorrow
    THOMPSON-SHUSWAP - The Thompson and Shuswap could be in for some blustery weather tomorrow by midday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning of strong wind gusts a
  • Westsyde residents face uphill battle to bring Timmies to neighbourhood
    KAMLOOPS - It took just six days for 1,242 Westsyde residents to sign a petition calling for Tim Hortons to consider allowing a franchisee to open up shop at the corner of Westsyde Road and Overla
  • Kamloops girl shuts down suspect who tried to lure her
    KAMLOOPS - Police in Kamloops are looking for a man who allegedly tried to lure an 11-year-old girl in front of a Westsyde elementary school. Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie say
  • UPDATE: Missing Kamloops teen located
    UPDATE: 5:06 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 KAMLOOPS - RCMP say a missing 18-year-old girl has been located. All personal information about the missing person has been removed from this
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile