January 24, 2017

Belleville, Ontario, January 24, 2017 – Loyalist College has received approval from Health Canada for a Controlled Drugs and Substances Licence for the purpose of research and analysis using medical cannabis. The College’s Supercritical CO2 Extraction Applied Research Laboratory, under the direction of Biosciences Professor, Dr. Kari Kramp, will be the site of future cannabis testing, using innovative green technologies to extract and evaluate the medically significant components of the cannabis plant. Currently, Loyalist is the only College in Canada and the only Ontario academic institution to have a laboratory approved to conduct research activities with cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations, as listed on the Government of Canada’s website.

“Loyalist College is proud to play an important role in the research and development of safe and effective phytomedicinal products,” said Loyalist College President & CEO Ann Marie Vaughan. “In partnership with Health Canada and industry leaders, we will help to inform related decision making, continuous quality improvement and sustainable practices. Increased R&D in this area is timely and essential moving forward.”

About Loyalist Research Services Office

Through Loyalist Research Services Office, the College collaborates with industry partners in various fields on applied research projects, creating amazing learning experiences for students and faculty of all disciplines. The College has had success with funding support through Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on a variety of projects and in March 2015, the College announced its first award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In addition, Loyalist has eligibility status with Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and plans to expand research opportunities through Canada’s other research granting agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Having access to funding support through OCE, NSERC and SSHRC allows Loyalist to increase capacity to work with local industries and businesses, support faculty who are committed to conducting research and to facilitating student research experiences. It has opened the door to additional research and development opportunities, which benefit the Quinte region. 

About the Supercritical CO2 Extraction Applied Research Laboratory

The Supercritical CO2 Extraction Applied Research Laboratory at Loyalist is equipped to provide industry access to CO2 extraction expertise, facilities and state-of-the-art technology. The Laboratory provides industry with clean technology, capable of extraction and analysis of commercially relevant biologically active compounds, with applications in the food, pharmaceutical, agricultural and natural health product industry.

About Loyalist College

We put you to work™. When it comes to grads getting jobs, 87.4 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 83.6 percent, according to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released in April 2016. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit

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