For many students, marijuana is a major part of their college life, a part that is not exactly condoned by the administration. But at Med Grow Cannabis College in Michigan, not only is marijuana condoned by the administration, it is the only subject taught.
The word "school" is used loosely here -- you can't get a degree. But what you can get is an education in the law. Under the Michigan law, patients whose doctors certify their medical need for marijuana can grow up to 12 cannabis plants themselves or name a “caregiver” who will grow the plants and sell the product. Anyone over 21 with no felony drug convictions can be a caregiver for up to five patients.
For $485, students get a six-week course on how to apply the law, as well as how to grow medical marijuana. Many students did not want to give their names to The Times, even though what they are doing is perfectly legal.
Many people may assume that only potheads will take the course. Not so, says 41-year-old Scott Austin. “I never smoked marijuana in my life,” he said. “I heard about this at a business expo a couple of months ago.”
Most students are truly looking at this as a business opportunity, not an opportunity to get high. Although there are sure to be those who abuse the system. Since the law began in April, the Department of Community Health has registered about 5,800 patients and 2,400 caregivers.