Canadian college to offer marijuana cultivation classes

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A college in the Canadian province of New Brunswick plans to launch a program on cannabis cultivation to prepare students to work at local marijuana companies.

The French-language College Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick is the latest North American higher education institution to offer cannabis business-related courses, a move intended to help prepare the future ranks of marijuana entrepreneurs and employees.

Medical marijuana is already legal at the federal level in Canada, and the government plans to introduce legislation next year to legalize recreational marijuana.

In August, the New Brunswick provincial government announced it had invested $3.03 million in a medical marijuana company that will create up to 208 jobs in the economically struggling region, according to Reuters.

The school is still determining program details such as class sizes, how often the courses will be offered, and whether it will be a full diploma program, Reuters reported.

Unlike the United States, colleges in Canada differ from universities and grant mainly diplomas instead of degrees.

The list of courses being offered at U.S. universities includes Business and Law of Marijuana at Hofstra University in New York, Marijuana Law and Policy at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and Business Opportunities Related to Marijuana Legalization at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland.