This fall Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia will become the first Canadian university to offer a class on the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. The class, called Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada, will be a 14-week course that teaches students how to operate a cannabis business under new government regulations.
The course will be taught by Tegan Adams, a business development manager at Experchem Laboratories Inc., which does cannabis testing for the government and helps producers with their submissions.
“You have a lot of people that are really good at growing marijuana who are used to black market and a lot of people that are investing in the marijuana industry are coming from different industries and there is a gap in the middle where Health Canada is regulating their production and neither of those two groups knows how to deal with it,” says Adams.
According to Adams, the course will be split into four modules, including plant production, legalities and regulations, marketing and sales and medical conditions and drug development.
Currently there are only 25 federally licensed growing facilities in Canada. Six of those are located in B.C.