Article by Jen St. Denis, Metro News
A continuing studies course that began as a joke two years ago has attracted over 500 students who see medical marijuana as a growing job opportunity.
“With 2,000 producers waiting for their licences, there are huge employment possibilities within the industry,” said Laura Armstrong, who has a masters in horticulture science and experience working in cut flower greenhouses. She’s currently completing Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Cannabis Professional Series online course.
“There are only eight licensed producers in B.C. compared to 22 in Ontario.”
The course the only one in Canada that prepares students to work in the cannabis business, said Jim Pelton, executive director of continuing studies for Kwantlen. Armstrong listed some of the types jobs available in the industry: production manager, greenhouse manager, marketing and ensuring compliance with the many Health Canada regulations that govern medical cannabis production and distribution.
“Students are mostly getting jobs inside licenced producers, some are getting jobs in dispensaries,” Pelton said.
Kwantlen’s existing horticulture program made the university a good fit for the program, Pelten said.