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Learn About Medical Marijuana at New Cannabis College

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.

According to a report in The New York Times, the school was recently founded by a 24-year-old man named Nick Tennant in an effort to teach people about Michigan's new medical marijuanalaw.

“This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate the state economy with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars,” Tennant said of his school.

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.

“My wife works for the government,” one student said, “and I told my mother-in-law I was going to a small-business class.”

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.


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