It feels like cannabis has just “happened upon us,” and now everyone is competing to meets the expanding needs of the industry. Obviously, there are lots of financial rewards that come with being a part of this industry, it’s a billion-dollar cache. In case you’re in a career rut, these colleges can usher you into the world of cannabis, through the cannabis courses that they offer.
The cannabis industry keeps growing by the day, with 3 states that have legalized medical marijuana in the US. Last year October, Canada became the first G7 country to legalized recreational marijuana. This has created a huge need for manpower to meet the emerging needs of this industry. As it is, the cannabis industry attracts professionals from the following backgrounds:
- Research scientists
- Cannabis growers
- Cannabis Extractors
- Quality control inspectors
- Production managers
- Cannabis botanists
- Edibles chefs
- Cannabis sales
- Cannabis writers
- Cannabis couriers
This list is just a drop in the ocean, as many other auxiliary jobs have been created to support the cannabis industry. In the US cannabis has created over 200,000 jobs directly dealing with cannabis. Across in Canada, cannabis job openings at the end of last year surpassed 700, as Bloomberg reports.
Considering the harsh economic realities of modern-day, these are opportunities to be embraced. A number of forward-thinking institutions of higher learning have risen to fill the gap by offering a cannabis-centric course. Here is a list of the finest in the US and Canada.
Weed Schools in America
The Trichome school is based in Denver-Colorado. For starters, the word trichome is cannabis lingo- trichome glands are the whitish resinous glands that convey the potency of weed. Clearly, this is one cannabis-centric school.
This institute offers a comprehensive cannabis curriculum taught online by a seasoned cannabis grower- Max Montrose. Max has cultivated over 200 different cannabis strains and is well qualified to deliver as a cannabis educator.
Oaksterdam University has been in existence for many years and its possibly the oldest cannabis school in America. They also offer an extensive curriculum that covers growing, extraction, consumption and the legal aspects of cannabis. Classes are offered in two modules; you can take weekend classes or semesters.
The Grow School
The Grow School is a cannabis school specializing in cannabis cultivation. They offer both online and face-to-face classes that are delivered by respected professionals in the industry. Other than the classes, they also support cannabis farmers by offering gardening supplies at discounted prices. The farmers need to attend a cannabis class called “Grow 101” to access this service. For those who may not be able to make time for class schedules, they offer educational materials that can be accessed online.
Humboldt Cannabis College
The Humboldt cannabis college is located right in the heart of cannabis cultivation- Humboldt County. They offer cannabis education in different thematic areas, each equipped with highly qualified instructors. Given that the region is known for producing high-quality cannabis hybrids, they offer top-notch education on cannabis farming and advanced practices. They also offer education on medicinal cannabis as well as the legal aspects surrounding cannabis.
Cannabis Career Institute
The Cannabis Career Institute is a “mobile cannabis platform” that travels all over America offering cannabis education. This is quite a novel concept, but one that is very in sync with modern education. When they pitch the tent in an area, they offer an eight-hour-long course on different cannabis aspects and charge a small fee for it. They target cannabis entrepreneurs and aim to equip them with entrepreneurship skills related to a cannabis business. They offer certificates upon completion of the course.
Canadian Weed Schools
Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences
This Academy offers training in technical skills applicable to the cannabis industry. One of the courses that they offer is a certificate in cannabis management quality and laboratory. They also offer training in business skills relevant to the cannabis industry. Their course takes 16 weeks and is offered face to face.
McGill’s University is a professional institute that offers a diploma in cannabis and cannabis production. This course targets professionals wanting to switch careers and venture into the world of cannabis as managers or consultants. They also offer day workshops to equip individuals already working in the industry with advanced production and management skills. The workshops are conducted right at the University.
Niagara College – Commercial Cannabis Production
Niagara College under the department of horticulture offers a course in cannabis growing at a commercial scale. Their training focuses on cannabis production issues such as pest control, nutrition, lighting, climate, and cultivar selection.
University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa is one unique cannabis college that has chosen to focus on Cannabis Law. Everything you need to know about what legalization means or does not mean is offered in this course. Additionally, they have a partnership with Canopy Growth that reinforces their hands-on approach to learning.
What Should We Expect To See In The Future?
Legalization of cannabis is now on free fall, nothing can hold it back. With this, we expect to see more and more Universities opening their doors to quench the thirst of eager learners wanting to be a part of the promising industry. Aside from the obvious, we expect to see creative courses emerging that will take the industry to the next level.
1. Forbes (2019): Cannabis Is Becoming A Huge Job Creator. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurphy/2019/05/20/cannabis-is-becoming-a-huge-job-creator/#5dcd78cb49bf
2. Leafly (2019): As of 2019, Legal Cannabis Has Created 211,000 Full-Time Jobs in America. Retrieved from https://www.leafly.com/news/industry/legal-cannabis-jobs-report-2019
3. Bloomberg (2018): The number of cannabis jobs continues to grow in 2018. Retrieved from https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/number-of-cannabis-jobs-continues-to-grow-in-2018-1.1149643