Arizona’s Gateway Community College introduces cannabis courses

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The introduction of recreational marijuana in the state is being met with new educational training

The day has finally arrived when you can go off to college and study the marijuana industry. Gateway Community College in Phoenix, AZ, is now offering courses designed to teach students the ins-and-outs of today’s rapidly expanding cannabis industry. The program is called the “Center for Cannabis Business Training,” and aims to prepare students for careers in Arizona’s budding marijuana industry and provide instruction for business owners and professionals of dispensaries.

The college is claiming that this is a “first of its kind” and “groundbreaking” curriculum. With the passage of Proposition 207 by Arizona voters, the state will be needing marijuana industry professionals going forward. Among the curriculum offerings will be “Budtender Training, “ “CBD Hemp Education Product Training“ and “Cannabis 101. “ There will also be courses offered which provide training for business owners of cannabis and CBD dispensaries.

The Director of Non-Credit Training Programs at Gateway Community College, Jeanne Ratliff said, “There is a lack of training in this space. We believe this training mitigates risk for businesses and have knowledgeable employees, and also for the public to find safe, trustworthy cannabis products.”

The courses are for non-university credit and inexpensive, lasting a total of six to nine hours with the goal of “making it easy and accessible for students who may want to learn the basics, or enhance their knowledge on the topic.” She added, “Because there is no barrier to entry for this, if you are interested in learning more so you can feel educated about cannabis, hemp and CBD products, it is a great way to get this for yourself.”