Article by CBC News
An Ontario college is offering a new class in response to the growing demand for skilled professionals to support Canada’s expanding medical marijuana industry as legalization looms.
And it’s not exactly reading, writing and arithmetic.
The two-day class, offered this weekend by Durham College in Oshawa, Ont., is said to be the first-of-its kind offered by an Ontario college. And it’s designed specifically for those with a business background interested in pursuing a career in the medical cannabis field.
Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals examines regulatory and legal considerations; ethics; cultivation and quality control; basic clinical concepts and marketing, among other topics.
Sarah Medel is a registered nurse and says there’s a lack of information for patients about how the industry works.
‘Why not discuss it?’
“Patients are looking for information from reputable sources for medical cannabis treatments. They want to know how to gain access, sit down with health care providers and integrate it into treatment plans,” she said.
People in other fields are curious, too, such as financial planner Timothy Kellar.
He expects he might have to give advice to clients looking to invest in cannabis companies, and already has one who’s interested.
“I may have other clients who would probably ask, ‘Will this be of help for me versus the drugs?’ It’s an alternative, so why not discuss it?”
With legalization around the corner, medical cannabis already makes up a $130-million industry, says Debbie Johnston, dean of Durham College’s School of Continuing Education. And it’s expected to grow nine-fold over the next two years, she says.