The University of Nevada Las Vegas launches cannabis course

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The course is geared toward those wanting to get into the marijuana industry

Since legalizing marijuana, Nevada has been making strides to expand the industry on virtually a daily basis. Now, the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) is getting involved, launching the first course that focuses solely on cannabis. It is designed to provide an all-around education for anyone looking to get into the marijuana industry.

The course will be the first accredited cannabis course in the state. UNLV’s Vice-provost for the Division of Education Outreach, Joe Miera, said, “To be honest, it’s one of those things that come along in life that you don’t know what to expect, but you know, I see the benefits for the community and tourism in particular.” He added that it will be beneficial for any future professional.

“We think it will help them gain entry to the market because they’ll have at least some certification; some education to back up their enthusiasm for the job,” he explained.

The program was begun through a partnership with the Academy of Cannabis Science in Washington. According to Trey Reckling, the academy’s founder, “We started [the academy] because unfortunately in a lot of the regions that have legalized cannabis the education requirement has kind of been an afterthought.”

He said of the new course at UNLV, “We’re going to do some hand-holding because we know the subject matter is new for some folks. Once they get it they get it, and they’re all in, I think.”

The course will be offered online, and only costs $99. However, those wishing to attend must prove that they are 21 years or older.

UNLV will expand its cannabis offerings next spring. It plans on offering a retail cannabis management course, a course on cannabis with pets, and a third course that will help opioid users make the switch to cannabis alternatives for their treatment.