The Growing Business of Marijuana
The Med Grow Cannabis College believes in following the law, and teaches its students not just the fine art of growing medical marijuana, but how to do it legally. Their curriculum is very structured, with a hands-on approach with several interactive labs where horticulture, history, legal issues, cooking, politics, and advocacy are taught. Med Grow says, "Whether you're just a beginner, or a seasoned veteran, our school offers an option to suit your specific needs."
"This is a multi-billion-dollar industry that can create a very viable means of economic recovery for the state," says Nick Tennant, 24 year old president of Med Grow Cannabis College. He touts the weed as a way to jump-start Michigan's battered economy, which has left the state with America's highest unemployment rate, 15.1 percent," reports The Washington Post. Tennant continues, "Anybody that's out of work, here's an industry that's welcoming you with open arms," says Tennant. "It's an industry that we're proudly training people for."
On the business level, "California's medical marijuana industry took in about $2 billion a year and generated $100 million in state sales taxes during 2008 with an estimated 2,100 dispensaries, co-operatives, wellness clinics and taxi delivery services in the sector colloquially known as "cannabusiness". That is more than all the Starbucks, McDonald’s and 7-Eleven outlets in the state put together," says Times Online.
Practical Hands-On Approach to Growing Pot
Not only does Med Grow stress the legal aspects of the medical marijuana industry, but it also delves into very practical areas of growing this controversial weed – cooking and care giving. Med Grow offers, "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!"
Care-giving as a Business 1010 wants you to "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." Clearly, this unique and "growing" college has a very specific audience in mind.
What is Medical Marijuana?
Medical cannabis (also referred to as medical marijuana) refers to the use of Cannabis (marijuana), including constituents of cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids, as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy. Cannabis has a long history of medicinal use, with evidence dating back to 4,000 B.C. (Wikipedia)
Is Growing and Using Marijuana Legal?
The United States Food and Drug Administration states "marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision".
Thirteen states have legalized medical marijuana: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Maryland has reduced penalties if cannabis use has a medical basis. California, Colorado, New Mexico, Maine, and Rhode Island are currently the only states that have dispensaries to sell medical marijuana.
How to Apply to Med Grow Cannabis College semester classes are held one night a week, for 6 weeks. The program is approximately 25-30 hours of class time based on class interaction. Condensed classes are 5 consecutive weekdays from 11am-5pm. Seminars are held over 1 weekend. Saturday and Sunday, back to back. Full Semesters cost $475. Seminars are $250, and Condensed Classes are $595 Classes Only, with Hotel (4 nights) From $795. For more information, call 888.Med.Grow, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10,082 applications received since April 6, 2009.
- 5,778 patient registrations issued.
- 2,415 caregiver registrations issued.
- 1,753 applications denied -- most due to incomplete application or missing documentation.
- An average of 65 applications are received each day.
Sources: medgrowmi.com; wikipedia.com; business.timesonline.co.uk; fda.gov; washingtonpost.com
Written by Donna Diegel
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