With the announcement that the federal government has pledged to legalize recreational marijuana and the Ontario Liberal government is going to sell cannabis through 150 stores run by the LCBO, a southern Ontario college is making it easier for students to capitalize on this opportunity and get into the cannabis business.
Niagara College has announced that it will be offering a course in the licensed production of cannabis, the first program of its kind, and was approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development over the summer
The college says the graduate certificate program will begin in the fall of 2018 and will help prepare students to work in the licensed production of cannabis, which includes marijuana, hemp fibre and hemp seed.
The one-year post graduate program will only be available to those with a diploma or degree in agribusiness, agricultural science, environmental science/resource studies, horticulture or natural sciences, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
Dan Patterson, the college president, says the program is meant to address a growing labour market need in the wake of legislative changes in Canada and abroad.
According to the Toronto Star, The 10-course program will run over two semesters and will combine the finer points of plant pathology and how to grow a healthy crop with courses on the complex regulations, standards and legal requirements for licensed producers.
With the major marijuana legislative changes currently in the works in both Canada and abroad, there's a huge demand in the labour market and this program will be a beneficial step in the right direction of this emerging industry.