Canadian institution Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) generated lots of buzz when it announced that it will offer a 14-week online course titled, “Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada.” Lessons include plant production, sales and marketing, facility management, and patient acquisition.
And if there’s a course for marijuana, there’s got to be an instructor, too. That would be Tegan Adams, a business development manager at Experchem Laboratories, Inc., which does marijuana testing for producers and helps them submit results to Health Canada.
Adams believes that since there is a lack of legitimate cannabis courses out there, this course—which she drafter herself—could fill in a huge gap. “It’s important because it’s a competitive industry and consumer-driven,” she said.
Adams got her bachelor’s degree in global resource systems and master’s degree in land and food systems—both under the agriculture faculty. This makes her a capable instructor for a course that deals with plants, albeit a controversial one.
But the surprising thing is, Adams is not a pot smoker herself. She simply got the idea when she was working as an industry consultant.
“One of my clients in the agriculture industry had decided to start on marijuana and I had a hard time working with HR people to find qualified employees,” she said. “We found a gap between investors and growers… there was a need for more people who could balance both areas.”
It surely is a helpful course for those who are considering to enter the medical marijuana industry. However, stoners who are looking to learn how to grow their own pot might end up disappointed.
“Growing weed will not be part of the homework,” Adams said, lauging.
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