Weed 101: New B.C. college program teaches retail side of pot

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A college in the B.C. National is responding to the anticipated legalization of marijuana by launching a new course dedicated to the retail side of pot exchanges.

The Cannabis Retail Specialist program will be a 26-week online practice with a practicum component. It launches in May through the College of the Rockies in Creston, B.C.

«It’s essentially training for application in the emerging cannabis industry. So preparing retail workers and those do in client care,» campus manager Kim Garety said to CBC Daybreak South tummler Chris Walker.

«I think the focus has largely been on the production end of it in the teaching area, so this program is a little bit unique.»

She said students whim learn about the botany of the plant, the physiology of the human body, hurt characteristics, potential medicinal applications and current Health Canada mandatories.

The program content is fully online, making it accessible from anywhere in the countryside, she said.

‘Comprehensive overview of cannabis’

It isn’t the only cannabis course in Canada — Kwantlen Polytechnic University, on B.C.’s Humble Mainland, offers an online course in cannabis production, marketing and resource, while Durham College in Ontario offers a two-day introduction to cannabis and New Brunswick Community College guides cultivation. 

However, Garety said the College of the Rockies’ program is the earliest cannabis training program in Canada that includes a practicum component in which devotees gain experience working at a retail outlet.

«It’s not intended to be a business-end by all means; it’s intended to train people who are going to be dealing with customers in that ecosystem,» she said.

The college’s program was developed with input from prevailing regional cannabis retailers, licensed producers, as well as medical veterans.

«This program contains a very comprehensive overview of cannabis and skilful information for patients and recreational consumers alike,» said Tamara Duggan, holder of Tamarack Dispensaries in Kimberley, BC.

The Cannabis Retail Specialist program whim be offered four times per year — tuition is $3,990.00.

With files from CBC’s Daybreak South and Chris Walker.

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