Getting a college or university degree isn’t for everyone.
But some folks who never thought they’d attend a post-secondary education program may find themselves in the classroom to gain a rather unique degree: Canada’s first college program for growing weed.
More academically titled “Commercial Cannabis Production,” the graduate certificate program will be offered by Niagara College in Ontario next fall. Again, this is Canada’s first graduate degree in the commercial production of marijuana.
This isn’t some lofty goal or pipe-dream on the school’s part, either. The Commercial Cannabis Production has already been approved by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, so it’s definitely happening.
“The Commercial Cannabis Production program reflects the College’s mandate to develop responsive applied learning programs that address industry needs” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson in a press release.
According to the website for the program, which is part of Niagara College’s School of Environment and Horticulture, students will learn the “biology and cultural practices of cannabis production.”
The program will adhere to the many regulations set out by Health Canada, so that graduates will have the necessary skillset to become a Licensed Producer.
Some of the courses that will be available to students include “Cannabis Production Science I,” “Biology and Evolution of Cannabis,” and “Introduction to Analysis of Cannabis.”
You do need some sort of academic background to get into the program, however, so don’t assume any weed-smoker can enrol.
Niagara College says the program will be open to anyone with a diploma/degree in agribusiness, agricultural science, environmental science, horticulture, or “an acceptable combination of education and experience.”
It’s doubtful that smoking up in your parents basement since you’ve been 14 counts, but there’s only one way to find out.
All jokes aside, this college program proves that the marijuana industry is going to become a viable entrepreneurial option once weed is legalized next summer.
The cannabis industry is going to need highly trained professionals to meet the demand legalization will bring, so it’s good to hear some colleges thought far enough ahead to create a formal program to educate the marijuana growers of the future.