“The introduction to Professional Management of Medical Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada course is designed to provide an overview of the successes and continual challenges within the rapidly expanding medical marijuana market. The 14-week course is delivered online, making it open to anyone, anytime.”
Well, there you have it. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which has four campuses in the Metro Vancouver region, 17,500 students on its books, and an annual revenue of just over $150 million, is offering a course teaching its pupils how to grow and sell medical marijuana.
The crash course entitled Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada, which is scheduled to begin in September and will be divided into two parts - one called Plant Production and Facility Management, and the other Marketing, Sales and Drug Development - intends to help wannabe medical marijuana growers identify key plant characteristics, optimize the environment for healthy root production, and navigate potential legal pitfalls.
Built around Canada’s relatively new medical marijuana regulations, and with a syllabus that will give students the lowdown on how to avoid running afoul of local bylaws, the course has left itself open to potential controversy.
Expressing his doubts about the intentions of potential students, Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis told CTV News: “My concern would be that the information and what they learn there is going to be diverted to an illicit market.”
“They could grow marijuana whether it’s medical or not,” he added.
Course instructor Tegan Adams, a business development manager at Experchem Laboratories Inc., a pharmaceutical testing company, reportedly admitted to VICE News that the subject matter discussed in the classroom could benefit producers seeking to exploit the black market, but, in an interview with CTV News, Adams said: “This course in particular though is for people who actually want to […] do it legally and be part of the evolving pharmaceutical and medical world that marijuana’s going to be entering.”
Offering students the chance to learn from industry professionals including horticulturalists, lawyers and marketing specialists, the course will cost participants $2,498.
Jim Pelton, executive director of continuing and professional studies at KPU, reportedly told VICE News that the first class is currently half-full, with 25 students having signed up.
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