CAN (NS): Nova Scotia Community College to offer cannabis cultivation program

The Nova Scotia Community College has high hopes as it searches for a faculty member to teach in its new cannabis cultivation program. The college is launching the 18-week program in September at its Kingstec Campus just outside Kentville.

It has been in the works since March of 2018, partly because the legalization of marijuana was on the horizon, said Don Jardine, the academic chair of the school of trades and technology at Kingstec.

“The college responds to industry, so we don’t put on programs from a supply perspective, but from a demand perspective. We knew that demand was coming based on our involvement with industry groups, potential employers and so on.”

He said it’s estimated by industry that 300 jobs will be needed in Nova Scotia over the next two years. “There is going to be a need for a skill set from a technician perspective of growing and production,” Jardine said.

The course will cover cultivation in larger scale, indoor operations, regulatory requirements, reporting and accounting procedures, legalities and post-production procedures.


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