Vancouver Tech Podcast Ep.92: Barinder Rasode, president and CEO of NICHE Canada

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Barinder Rasode, president and CEO of NICHE Canada and co-founder of She Talks, joins host Drew Ogryzek to discuss cannabis legalization in Canada, and how NICHE Canada (National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education) fits in.

Initially, Rasode was opposed to the proliferation of cannabis dispensaries, but seeing those who are affected in positive ways helped her change perspectives. She now heads NICHE Canada, an organization that aims to operationalize the federal government-commissioned cannabis legalization and regulation taskforce report by ensuring all stakeholders during and after the process are equipped in their fields to manage this new regime.

Rasode says NICHE has a partnership with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) with the CACP (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police), and other regulatory bodies that are concerned about product safety and testing for intoxication levels. There are a lot of issues to be dealt with from economic, medical, and regulatory and public safety points of view. NICHE is working to bring all three levels of government and industry together to get them on the same page.

NICHE is hosting a job fair for the cannabis industry at UBC Robson Square on September 21st. Register on their site.


Theme music by A Shell In The Pit from the game Parkitect

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Drew Ogryzek

Drew Ogryzek

As a software developer, lead organizer of HackerNest Vancouver, organizer of the Vancouver Tech Meetup, and founder of the Vancouver Tech Podcast, Drew is very active in Vancouver's tech community. Find him on Twitter at @drew_bro