British Columbia’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University has announced that it is offering an online, 14-week business course titled: “Introduction to Professional Management of Medical Marijuana for Medical Purposes” beginning this fall.
“[The] 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. Learn from professionals with experience in the industry including horticulturalists, lawyers and marketing specialists.” the course description states.
The course focuses on two key skills: how to grow medical marijuana properly and how to move and sell the medical drug.
During the Plant Production & Facility management course, students can learn about various irrigation techniques, growing options, crop cycles and how to properly dry and store medical marijuana. The course, according to RT.com, will also teach the legalities and regulations under which one can become a licensed producer under Canadian law.
Students completing the Marketing, Sales and Drug Development courses will learn branding strategies and the how-to for building customer loyalty. The significance of medical professionals in treating medical conditions with the drug will be also discussed. The course costs $2,500CAD.
“There was a pretty big gap in knowledge between the people who were growing marijuana and the people who were investing in it,” Tegan Adams, who is teaching the course, told CTV Vancouver.
Adams is a business development manager at Experchem Laboratories Inc., a company that performs cannabis testings. He says that the course will benefit those people that want to become a government-regulated and legal company. He explains:
“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.”
At the moment, Canada has 25 growing facilities that are federally licensed across the country. The future of marijuana’s legality is being decided in courts with only the medicinal use of marijuana currently allowed. Several medical conditions are allowed to be treated with cannabis.
Not everyone is happy with the course offering by Kwantlen Polytechnic:
“My concern would be that the information and what they learn there will be transferred to an illicit market,” Len Garis says according to CTVnews.ca.
In the US, the University of Denver’s Sturn College of Law offers a class on “Representing the Marijuana Client”. Vanderbilt University School of Law has previously offered the course “Marijuana Law and Policy” while Harvard University’s Law School offered a “Tax Planning for Marijuana Dealers,” seminar in the spring of 2014.
According to The Province, the course has already attracted a few dozens applicants both from Canada and abroad. Classes start September 2015 and wrap up by December.