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So, you could try to sell your CBD-infused bath bombs on Etsy, OR: You could invest in yourself and find out exactly what you need to know to carve a space for yourself into the lucrative legal cannabis industry. There are avenues in this industry for almost every aspiring ganjapreneur, from wellness to travel to education. What’s your niche? With the thousands of jobs being created now, this demand is, well, pretty all-encompassing. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Whether you want to devote a day to dipping a toe into the world of cannabis business, or fully commit to a year of hitting the books and getting that certification, there are all kinds of options for education here in Ontario. Check out one of the courses/workshops to learn how you could break into the budding $23 billion-dollar legal pot industry.
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Cannabis Workshops In Toronto This Summer:
Cannabis Sommelier Level 1 Course (June 19) Whether you’re a “citizen scientist,” looking to understand more about quality cannabis, or considering a new career in cannabis, the Cannabis Sommelier course has you covered. Using an interactive format that teaches from years of front-line and research experience, the Sommelier course provides content that makes you confident, no matter whether you’re guiding or consuming.
Canna Wholistic Medicines (June 25 – 26) Discover the power of cannabis infusions, topicals and teas that you can make in your kitchen. This hands-on session led by Certified Natural Health practitioner Charlene Freedom will cover the contemporary and traditional uses of cannabis as an herb and the many ways it can be used for healing the spirit.
Cannabis Explorer: Identifying Cannabis Lineage (TBA) This 2-hour workshop is all about smelling, touching, and tasting your way to mastering your sensory experience of this plant. For the aspiring cannabis sommeliers or master budtenders out there.
Cannabis Career Festival (September 27) This experiential event will offer you the opportunity to engage with passionate cannabis professionals, business leaders, and educators. It’s a festival for people who want to know more about the options for one of their biggest life choices – their job. If you’re interested in joining Canada’s fastest growing sector, this event is for you.
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Right now, Canadian schools have at least 11 post-secondary cannabis programs, from colleges offering cannabis cultivation degrees to universities with courses in cannabis business and law. If you want to get that plaque for your home office, check out one of these programs:
The Business of Cannabis at Ryerson’s Chang School: Here you’ll learn about the history of pot, plant science, cultivation, medical cannabis, and financing and banking for starting your own business. You’ll also have access to a (live) industry advisor group which includes leaders like 48North Cannabis Corp CEO Alison Gordon, TerrAscend’s VP of Business Strategy Robyn Rabinovich, and others.
Program Director Linda Koechli says, “what students end up with at the end of the course is they create their own business plan, so if you’re wanting to start a business in edibles, for example, you’ll have the opportunity to create a business plan using your idea, then get feedback.” Got an idea? Bring it to life at Ryerson.
Cannabis Industry Specialization program at Durham College: For greater perspective on where Canada fits into the global cannabis landscape, ethics of medical and recreational use, and how to navigate the risks you might face, Durham College has 13 courses to choose from.
Cannabis Retail Advisor course at Olds College: Devote 4 weeks to learning your way around cannabis retail in Canada (product knowledge, regulations, plant science), and boost your confidence as you journey from enthusiast to trusted advisor.
Cannabis Career Training course suite at Kwantlen University: This handful of course offerings under the school’s Cannabis Career training umbrella includes courses like Launching a Cannabis Business in Canada, Plant Production & Facility Management, and Marketing Under the Cannabis Act. Kwantlen is based in BC, but the courses are online so you can study anywhere.
Cannabis Industry courses at Camosun College: Enrollment is currently open for this college’s Growing a Cannabis Operation course, where you can learn all the essentials for operating a cannabis production facility. Stay tuned for more courses like Growing Cannabis Enterprise, Marketing and Compliant Packaging, Retail Cannabis Consultant, and more.
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(Story by Contributing Editor, Kait Fowlie)