Oshawa, Ontario, Canada’s Durham College offered, for the first time, Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals last weekend – a two-day course covering regulations, ethics, cultivation, quality control, marketing, and basic clinical concepts, the CBC reports. The course is the first-of-its kind offered in Ontario.
Debbie Johnston, dean of the college’s School of Continuing Education, indicated that the nation’s cannabis industry is currently worth $130 million and expected to grow nine-fold over the next two years.
“Attention has largely been focused on the production side of the industry, but these are complex organizations that also require professionals with keen business acumen and skills, and therein lie many of the job opportunities in this field,” she said in a statement.
Students who complete the course receive an electronic credential that can be added to social media sites, such as LinkedIn, or other online profiles available to prospective employers.
Niagara College, also located in Ontario, announced in September plans to offer a one-year post-graduate degree in cannabis cultivation, while New Brunswick’s Dieppe Community College is set to roll out its 12-week medical cannabis cultivation course this week. Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia currently offers a three-course Cannabis Professional Series that spans plant production and facility management; marketing, sales, and drug development; and how to finance a Canadian cannabis enterprise.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated for accuracy.