Article by David Brown, Lift
Neil Gregg will be finishing his second semester at Kwantlen’s Cannabis Professional Series this month, and he’s looking forward to taking what he’s learned in the past 6 months into his continued education at Niagara College in Ottawa later this year. But the story Gregg really wants to tell is how he was able to get not only his skills retraining at Kwantlen, but also his medical cannabis, both covered through a community development society.
Gregg came to the Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) spring of 2016, finding himself out of work. Kootenay Career Development Society is contracted by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, Employment and Labour Market Services “to assist eligible participants to connect to funding for training or education that will help them find and maintain employment.”
The program is designed for people who are having trouble finding work because of a lack of skills or skills that have become out of date with the workforce.
After spending several years in the area working for various growers licensed to provide cannabis for patients authorized under a 2014 court injunction (Allard/MMAR), Gregg said he found himself suddenly out of work and wanting a change.
With several years of specialized experience behind him in an industry operating in, at best, a legal grey area, Gregg said he was ready for a change. He wanted to continue working in the cannabis industry, but he wanted to find a way to take his skills and apply them in an industry with more clear legal parameters.