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Canadian College Offers Medical Marijuana Course

Do you enjoy learning about the growing marijuana industry? Well a college campus in Canada is offering a very special management of medical marijuana course this coming semester.

CBC reports:

If you were ever thinking about growing and selling marijuana, Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia may have the course for you.

This fall, the university will offer a course called Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada, believed to be the first of its kind, which will teach students how to operate a marijuana business under new government regulations.

The 14-week online course will be taught by Tegan Adams, who works as a business development manager at Experchem Laboratories Inc. The company does cannabis testing and helps producers with their submissions to Health Canada.

“You have a lot of people that are really good at growing marijuana who are used to black market and a lot of people that are investing in the marijuana industry are coming from different industries and there is a gap in the middle where Health Canada is regulating their production and neither of those two groups knows how to deal with it,” Adams told Rick Cluff on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition.

Recent changes to rules governing medical marijuana mean that there is a gap in knowledge on how to stay on the right side of the law. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

According to Adams, this creates an opportunity for management professionals to break into the industry and act as a liaison between all the parties involved.

The course will be split into four modules — plant production, legalities and regulations, marketing and sales and medical conditions and drug development.  

Currently there are only 25 federally licensed growing facilities in Canada. Thirteen of those are in Ontario and six are in B.C.

Adams said people need to be concerned with the rules if they want to grow legally and that is what the course will focus on.

“If you want to do that illegally, I’m sure there are many ways to look into that, but if you want to comply with federal guidelines and be part of a growing industry, that’s more the audience we are looking at,” Adams said.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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