Cannabis College in Michigan provides opportunity for new degree

Southfield, Mich.

For the students at Med Grow Cannabis College, marijuana is not just for recreational use.

Med Grow is a trade school in a Detroit suburb that caters to students interested in pursuing careers in the medical marijuana industry.

Students at the college are excited because the college provides a new opportunity to make money and earn a degree in something they are interested in. The course runs for six weeks and includes lessons in horticulture, baking, law and the history of marijuana. Students are taught to grow marijuana for medical use.

An article published yesterday in the NY Times details the goings-on at the college.

“This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate the state economy with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars,” said Nick Tennant, the 24-year-old founder of the college, which is actually a burgeoning business (no baccalaureates here) operating from a few bare-bones rooms in a Detroit suburb.

The six-week, $485 primer on medical marijuana is a cross between an agricultural extension class covering the growing cycle, nutrients and light requirements (“It’s harvest time when half the trichomes have turned amber and half are white”) and a gathering of serious potheads, sharing stories of their best highs (“Smoke that and you are … medicated!”).

Not only does medical marijuana aid those that are ill, it has the potential to be a big economy booster. Michigan’s medical marijuana program is a patient-caregiver setup that allows a caregiver to grow 12 plants per patient. Each caregiver is allowed five patients. To become an approved caregiver you must register with the state’s Department of Community Health and prove you are not a convicted felon. Each patient may grow up to 12 plants herself if she does not have a caregiver.

Unfortunately, my home state of Florida still has its head in the sand and refuses to acknowledge the potential benefits of a medical marijuana program.

Watch the video the NY Times did about Med Grow Cannabis College:

and below is the list of courses that are taught during the six weeks at Med Grow (descriptions from their website).

Legal 1010
In legal 101 you will learn many the different areas of the law, taught to you by an attorney whose expertise is in medical marijuana. The curriculum for this class includes a legal history of cannabis, overviews of Michigan and federal law, dealing with the law, and many other aspects of how cannabis laws affect patients, caregivers, businesses, and society as a whole. Also offered, one on one consultations with our legal professor.

Cannabis as Medicine 1010
Learn what cannabis does to your body, how safe it really is, how it can be used as medicine properly, what conditions it can be benifical for, the effects and adverse effects, and much much more! Taught by our team of docotors and health care

Cannabis History 1010
Learn the history of this sacred plant. From 3000 B.C. until today, learn how it has developed and evolved into the exceptional plant it is today. This class covers the use of cannabis in colonial times, the importance of hemp to the early economy, the elections of 1912, the roaring 20’s, the Mexican drug war, and much more!

Horticulture Lec 1010
Our beginner level cultivation class. Covers seeds, clones, vegetative growth, flowering, harvesting, grow rooms, green houses, outdoor growing, cases studies, lights, equipment, electricity, soil, containers, hydroponics, water, temperatures, nutrients, air, pests, diseases, an intro to breeding and much, much more!

Horticulture Lab 1010
A hands on approach that runs parallel with our horticulture 1010 class. Designed to give students the upper hand and unique knowledge it takes to not only learn but succeed in cannabis horticulture.

Horticulture Lec 2010
Pre-requisite Horticulture and lab 1010
NOT A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS. This class covers advanced techniques on cannabis strains, breeding, pollination, seeds, mutations, hybrids, plant vigor, tissue culture, sex-inherited traits, chromosome modifications, evolution, morphology, breeding traits, floral traits, photosynthesis chemistry, scientific classification, calyxes, and much more!

Horticulture Lab 2010
Again, our hands on lab, designed to compliment our horticulture 2010 lecture class.

Cooking and Concentrates 1010
Learn how to cook with cannabis! This class covers methods of ingestion, dosages, making butter and oil, making tinctures, hash making, making drinks, cannabis infused alcohol, over 200 recipes for cooking meals treats and snacks, and a whole lot more!

Cooking and Concentrates Lab 1010
So it is one thing to learn how to make things, but how about you make them yourself! Learn how to get your dosages and recipes right with our hands on cooking class and EAT your WORK! (Coming spring 2010)

Care-giving as a Business 1010
Learn what it takes to get started in the care-giving business. Everything is covered from business formation to accounting and legal documents. Maybe you even want to quit your boring day job and start running your own care-giving business? Well, the law allows you to do just that! Learn just what it takes from our business experts and get on the road to success today.

What do you think, readers? Should other states follow suit? Is the caregiver-patient program better than the traditional dispensary program found in California?

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