Article by Patrick Cain, Global News
When Colorado became one of the first U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2014, the state became the centre of several industries that can only really thrive if pot is legal: marijuana tourism and cannabis edibles, for example.
It also saw the state become a centre of cannabis-related training, since teachers could use real marijuana plants in a class on how to grow it without risking arrest.
“We probably have eight cannabis education companies in the state of Colorado alone, some in large-scale brick-and-mortar settings with live plants growing,” explains Max Montrose of the Trichome Institute, which trains people to be responsible vendors for pot, in a version of the course used for people who serve alcohol.
“We’ve already trained close to 200 Canadians with our responsible vendor program and our cannabis product and sales training,” Montrose says.
The organization also has a one-day course to develop the nose and the eye to be certified as a ‘cannabis sommelier.’
The cannabis sommelier course takes students through a tour of good and bad pot with different characteristics. Wine can have many problems that the nose can be trained to detect, and marijuana is similar: “They smell every type of poor-quality cannabis there is. Every type of mould, fungus, nutrient burn, everything.”
At the end of the day, students must correctly sort ten numbered glass jars of buds according to their problems or qualities. The majority fail, Montrose says. A select few who pass are chosen for an invitation-only course for experts.
Other schools teach people how to grow their own pot.