May 2018

CSIP Forum ~ Hemp vs Marijuana: What's the Difference

There is mass confusion surrounding the improper everyday uses of the words hemp, marijuana and cannabis, as they are often used interchangeably. Understanding the differences dictates the way we use them, which has been the source of much debate for hundreds of years.


Saskatchewan is home to a growing industrial hemp industry. As the date for legalization of marijuana approaches, the hemp industry is raising concerns about what this will mean for them. This forum will provide an overview of the policy decisions made by government regarding the legalization of marijuana and its impacts on the hemp industry and their products. Discrepancies between hemp, marijuana and cannabis will be clarified with discussion on the background of relevant regulations and the differences between hemp, and recreational and medical marijuana markets and products. Join us as we deconstruct the myths and the realities.


  • Larry Holbrook, Chief Research Officer, Cannimed Therapeutics Inc./Aurora Cannabis Inc.
  • Garry Meier, President, Hemp Production Services Inc.
  • Dale Risula, Provincial Specialist, Special Crops, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture


  • Kathleen McNutt, Executive Director and Professor,Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

May 23, 2018 @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
University of Regina campus: Room 210, 2 - Research Drive 
University of Saskatchewan campus: Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building

The Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy was founded to bridge the current divide between science and innovation, and related policy and governance considerations.

This event is being supported by the Cannabis Research Initiative of Saskatchewan (C.R.I.S.), an interdisciplinary research team that aims to obtain scientific evidence about the application of cannabinoids and cannabis derivatives to humans and animals for health, disease and disorders.

To RSVP, please email Anne Ballantyne at by May 18, 2018.