Miami Dade College officials are working on new classes and a certificate program that'll prepare students for jobs in the medical cannabis industry. But, administrators stress, they won't be teaching kids how to grow weed. Instead, they're developing courses on the biology and chemistry of marijuana, as well as the plant's historical usage and evolving regulation.
"The growing [aspect] is already out there," says Michaela Tomova, dean of faculty at the college's North Campus, which is developing the program. "What's missing is the scientific approach to educate the workforce."
That means students will be taught the academic side of cannabis: the physiology of the plant, its natural properties, its medical usage, and how it relates to other medically important plants. They'll learn about cultivation and extraction, but mostly from a "theoretical standpoint," says Mark Meade, chair of the college's Biology, Health, and Wellness Department.
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