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US (CA): East Bay school to offer cannabis education courses at Cal State University

Cal State East Bay is offering a new educational program to train people to be leaders in the cannabis industry. The university is the first school in the California State University system to offer the strictly online cannabis certificate program.

“California is the nation’s top market for cannabis and top cannabis employer,” said Kate White, the school’s director of professional and continuing education. “When I saw that this was in demand — and the state is lacking in quality training programs — then it seemed like a great opportunity for us.”

The 6-month courses begin in November and are separated into four disciplines: cannabis health care and medicine, cannabis agriculture and horticulture, the business of cannabis, and cannabis compliance and risk management. Students will earn a certificate — not a degree — upon completion of the coursework of their choice, and the classes are open to everyone older than 18. Each course costs about $3,000. The first classes begin Nov. 6, with staggered start dates thereafter. Registration is open.

Cal State East Bay is partnering with cannabis education and training company Green Flower to offer the courses, White said. The courses are aimed at adults who are either looking to move up in the industry, switch careers or gain new skills related to the use and/or business of cannabis, she said. For example, the health care and medicine program is geared toward healthcare professionals who may want to advise their patients on the safe use of cannabis as part of a treatment plan, White said.

Read more at mercurynews.com

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