If you’ve ever dreamed of running your own plant-based “business,” a Canadian institution can now help you do it.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, located in Vancouver (no surprise there), is now offering Marijuana 101. OK, it’s officially called Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes is Canada, which will instruct students on all things weed — plant production, marketing and sales, medical conditions and drug development, all the way to legalities and regulations.
“Students will learn to identify the key differences in plant characteristics. They will become skilled at identifying healthy plant roots and unhealthy plant roots; learn treatment techniques, and how to optimize the environment for healthy root production,” the course summary reads. “Students will also be taught irrigation options and techniques: growing mediums and hydroponic systems; pest management; crop cycles; drying and storage procedures; and Health Canada regulations.”
Obviously, this isn’t a course for your typical street-dwelling drug pusher. The course was actually made, in part, to help guide students through some of the government’s new marijuana regulations. Which is great, since being able to legally grow and sell pot requires undergoing a “strict and rigorous application process,” according to Health Canada.
Not everyone, however, is mellow to the idea of a university course on weed production.
“My concern would be that the information and what they learn there is going to be diverted to an illicit market,” Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis said.
The 14-week course costs roughly $2,500, and already has a “few dozen takers,” the National Post reports. The first lecture will kick off on Sept. 8.