Article by CBC News
With marijuana legalization right around the corner, some cannabis entrepreneurs have already jumped at the opportunity to teach others how to grow their own pot for a price.
“I know there’s universities and colleges picking up commercial farming, but when it comes to a little course for homegrowing, this is it,” cannabis activist and entrepreneur Abi Roach says.
Roach is one of the organizers behind Ganja School, a pot workshop at Kensington Market’s Hotbox Homegrown that will teach students everything there is about growing marijuana. She calls herself “the principal” of the school.
“When I started this, I thought what a great idea to teach people how to grow in their condo or downtown unit, so we started the school,” she says.
Ganja School offers two classes — the Cannabis Starter Course that runs for six sessions at $180 every Tuesday and the medical marijuana focused Gardening Your Medicine course that runs for four classes at $120 every Thursday. The curriculums include everything from pest control to lighting and ventilation.
The Cannabis Starter Course is an introductory course where students will learn about the plant itself and how to grow it for future use when it is legalized, Roach said. The Gardening Your Medicine course looks at different strains used for different ailments, cleanliness of the garden and pest control.
Roach said the school’s two instructors have medical marijuana exemptions and there is no pot at the school. Students will be given instructional materials but will not be leaving with any marijuana, she said.