August 20, 2015

B.C. university offers course on how to grow and sell marijuana

Rebel Staff
 

“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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commented 2015-08-25 00:37:55 -0400
Sorry for taking so long to respond, it’s been a rough weekend. Joan, I get everything you’re saying, but in one case you’re just wrong and in the other you’re probably wrong. I’ve been looking at scientific studies on this for a couple of decades now, and even when the sponsor is looking for a serious lung health issue to hang on pot smoking it just doesn’t happen. The worst thing ever found was a temporary hacking cough that usually only happens during the actual smoking or shortly after it. This applies to non-tobacco smokers. Cigarette smokers cough and cough, and it’s those people you are probably seeing lose their lungs over. I’ve been around chronic pot smokers also, and believe me, you can always pick out the cigarette smokers in the crowd.
Now, the point you make about the lack of information on what’s in it: that’s actually an argument for legalization. Anything sold in a commercial enterprise will likely be labelled and packaged with all the relevant information clearly visible. In fact, if it is ever legalized I can pretty much guarantee that. I never heard of a beaurocrat who didn’t love his regulations! Of course, the street stuff will still be sold by the bag (likely) but I’d anticipate a lot less of it being sold on the street. If it has the legal status of cucumbers, as I’ve lobbied for in the past, then lots of people will just grow their own, or belong to some kind of a co-op. There’s your quality and content argument, if it’s something you’re used to then what does it matter what’s in it? The old adage of never smoking from someone else’s bong at a rock concert still applies. Pretty much the only street pot would be sold to minors, and that would make the sellers more visible, and easier to catch than they are now. Winning! Or, we can just continue to treat pot the way we always have, which … isn’t … winning.
commented 2015-08-21 18:04:09 -0400
We already have medical marijuana products legal with a prescription. Marinol is orally ingestable, metabolized in the stomach. Sativex is a spray, ingested by the mucuous membranes of the cheek, similar to sublingual metabolism. We don’t want unregulated dirty smoked products.

Lots of marijuana is grown hydroponically in liquid chemicals. You never know what you are getting. And ingesting any smoke via the lungs is risky for bronchitis, emphysema and cancer.

If you’ve been around chronic pot smokers, you recognize their wet hacking cough. It’s unhealthy.
commented 2015-08-21 17:56:34 -0400
They do this sort of thing because they can.
commented 2015-08-21 13:44:30 -0400
Most know people who should definitely not smoke pot to get stoned. And if you don’t know them, you see them on the street, have to deal with them in life. SOME people are adversely affected by getting stoned daily, especially a young emotionally undeveloped brain. There is no shortage of recent literature to substantiate this. Its not evil, but it is not safe or recommended for everyone to be smoking pot for its psychoactive properties. I think we are a little past propaganda films from the 30’s.
commented 2015-08-21 09:34:10 -0400
Paul Cerniuk, your comment is very intelligent. I really don’t see the big deal over this myself. It’s a plant and it has been growing for centuries, maybe even longer. The medicinal uses of this plant will hopefully be the future so we can faze out all the chemicals and poison people ingest everyday because that’s all doctors know how to prescribe.
And to those of you commenting that pot smokers are lazy, on EI or are dopey, braindead and such, you really need to give it up. Just because some propaganda film in the 1936 made marijuana out to be some evil substance controlling our youth and make them into criminals, doesn’t make it so.
commented 2015-08-20 20:25:19 -0400
Every drug that’s made from a chemical process (crack, LSD, etc.) was formulated by a chemist at some point, and it’s production, no matter where, when, or how, has at some point been overseen (at least) by someone with a chemistry degree, guaranteed. But, that would mean that someone went to university and took classes in Chemistry, maybe even got a PhD and used it for nefarious purposes! Say it aint so!
This is a good thing. It should be unneccessary, but it looks more and more like this is the new reality here in Canada, probably for a while now. This university is first in what will likely be a common thing in the near future. Besides, what’s everyone worried about? There’s nothing about growing or producing pot, at any scale or under pretty much any circumstances, that can’t be found online already, for free, in your language of choice. The marketing, government, and taxation parts of the class are what the students are paying for, and that’s mostly the fault of the government so…
commented 2015-08-20 17:42:33 -0400
Whutttt! Are they saying, bad people may sign up? Does EI pay for this course? Just wondering.
commented 2015-08-20 17:36:09 -0400
There are many medicinal uses. It has been known and used this way for thousands of years. There are many other cannabinoids in cannabis besides the psychoactive THC. Cannabis with low THC,( hemp) still contain medicinal cannabinoids. I can’t stand to be around stoners. I do however want access to low THC, edible/topical medicinal hemp.
There is a market for it medicinally.
Anyone who wants to start a grow operation for selling high grade bud, doesn’t go to college to take a course on how to grow it. The fire chief is way off base.
commented 2015-08-20 14:37:44 -0400
Do you ever wonder where the words pot head came form WELL here is an example. The only good thing about these pot smoking pot heads is they will die in 50`s and sixty`s thus saving us 20 years of old age pensions to pay.
Now everyone will die of some kind of illness they chose to die young. That’s what you call a pot head dead between the ears. So go ahead and enjoy your short life.
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commented 2015-08-20 14:35:48 -0400
And here was I, thinking that these post-secondary institutions were only offering courses in advanced basket weaving…
commented 2015-08-20 14:24:49 -0400
Why is this lunacy allowed? What percentage of students will do this for medical purposes?
commented 2015-08-20 14:23:25 -0400
With tuition as high as it is, they call it dope for a reason.