College of the Rockies says it is responding to the anticipated legalization of cannabis with a program to train those who want to work in the industry.
COTR’s Cannabis Retail Specialist Program will be offered online, four times a year starting in May at the Creston Campus.
Creston Campus manager Kim Garety says,”We anticipate a boom in cannabis sales this summer once recreational cannabis use is legalized and retail outlets are given licenses to operate.
“As the retail sale of cannabis in this country is relatively new, we want to ensure that those who are employed in the industry are trained in the specific skills and knowledge they need to effectively serve and educate their customers, to encourage safe use, and to operate a professional and respected business.”
The College says the cannabis industry is one of the most rapidly evolving industries in Canada.
Garety suggests the curriculum with cover a broad range of subjects.
“They’ll be learning everything from botany of the plant, and the growth cycle; the physiology in the human body with endocannabinoids and that type of thing; we’ll be looking at current regulations; and then we’ll get into the meat of it where we’re looking at the chemical components of cannabis and the medicinal benefits as defined by Health Canada.”
The program is said to have been developed with input from existing regional cannabis retailers, licensed producers, as well as medical professionals.
COTR says is incorporating medicinal cannabis content to ensure that those working in retail outlets have knowledge of medicinal applications so they can respond to customer demand.
– Creston Campus Manger Kim Garety