Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Welcome to the Cannabis-Campus

Anyone 19 years of age or older has been able to legally buy marijuana in Canada since October 2018.  Legalization has brought a boom to Canada, and new companies are emerging everywhere that specialize in the cultivation or distribution of cannabis, among other things.
A New Industry
Anyone over the age of 19 can buy marijuana in licensed shops grown by officially licensed producers, many of whom are even listed on the stock exchange. New companies emerging everywhere specializing in the cultivation, distribution, the development, and research of cannabis.
Universities are also Responding to this Trend
Universities are afraid of losing the connection if they don't bring cannabis to the campus.
Where to Study Cannabis Production:

Niagara College, for example, offers a course in commercial cannabis production. Among other things, it teaches lighting concepts, legal aspects, pest management, cost analysis, and proper fertilization.  "There is a new and overwhelming need for qualified and well-trained professionals in the booming cannabis industry," says the university's homepage.  The first courses started in autumn of 2018, even before cannabis was officially legalized.  There were 300 applicants at that time, for 24 places, also the spring course is already full and for autumn 2019 there are only chances over the waiting list.

Ryerson University is currently running a course entitled "The Cannabis Business", which deals with sales, marketing and regulations, among other things. 

Durham College, on the other hand, is aimed at students with a degree in business administration and offers them an advanced course on the cannabis industry.  If you want to know more about medical marijuana, you need to enroll at McGill University.  If you want to deal with legal issues relating to cannabis, Ottawa University is the place to go. They advertise that students can also visit the facilities of Canopy Growth, Canada's largest cannabis producer.  The company is run by a graduate from Ottawa.

But hardly any university can keep up with what Niagara College offers: In several freight containers there is a highly secured plantation. In this building, which students only call a "cannabis bunker", cannabis plants grow under bright LED lights and industrial conditions. Students can practice what they have learned in theory.  But one downside remains: at the end of each course, the plants are destroyed instead of consumed.


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