Medical marijuana legalization progresses in the US and formalizes the growing grass. The Detroit School of cannabis, Michigan, has just opened its doors, the Guardian was there.
Needless to say we do not smoke in class, but do not hesitate to sniff the leaves, discuss the inhalation and recommend a particular variety by the effect it produces. Welcome to Detroit cannabis school: here, we offer courses on culture but also harvesting, preparation and sale of marijuana since Michigan has legalized its use for medical purposes. Students receive instruction provided by horticulturalists, doctors and lawyers who teach them to protect their dope criminals.
“Growing grass in the garden, is very good to have fun,” said Nick Tennant, a founder of the faculty, whose healthy and youthful appearance, covered with acne cheeks, amazes some of the patients. Students “But if it is used for medical purposes, on must really master the horticultural process, which is very complex. There is a lot of money to win if we do it well.”
More than 1,000 licenses being issued each month in Michigan for the sick and producers, demanding to be accepted to MedGrow Cannabis College. Six evening courses cost 324 euros. The first enrolled use marijuana to relieve their pain or help the sick, as this pastor who runs a clinic specializing in AIDS.
Hasbany Ryan, 20, is studying business. . Another year and he will get a producer license “My father is a family physician; he releases a lot of patient cards allowed to marijuana. It will become a very lucrative industry, “he says. Medical marijuana is sold for nearly 6 euros per gram in Michigan. “There are Harvard economists who say this is what we need to get the economy up,” he adds. Still, some are reluctant to identify with what is now a legal industry in Michigan.
The first courses of the evening in the cannabis college are directed by a physician, Dr. Powell. “Do not give my name. They will have more trouble identifying me, “he asks. It exposes students to the diseases for which he can deliver a marijuana prescription. They range from cancer to AIDS, and a series of severe chronic pain, “after a surgery or a gunshot wound, for example.” Dr. Powell is not worried about the risks of dependence but think regular consumers should find an alternative to smoking joints. This is why the course also has a cooking class where we discover recipes as varied as the hash cake and sushi grass.
The grower wants even less to be identified than the doctor. “You could ask me where I learned everything. I’ve been doing this a lot longer than allowed, “he says.
Like many others in the Cannabis College, he is also a consumer after a sports accident.
He opens two large white doors. Bright light floods the classroom to reveal a den full of air conditioning pipes and fans bathed in bright light. In the middle stands a handful of cannabis plants. The instructor reviews the advantages of earth and hydroponics (soilless) culture; he devotes a chapter to light, underlines the importance of size (by hand without using a tool) and focuses on the complexities of cloning. He recommends installing appliances that produce ozone to mask the smell. “It’s better for neighbors not to be informed. No way letting them loot his stocks. “On the wall is displayed a labyrinthine array marijuana species, their effects on certain diseases and taste.
The horticulturist explains that there is money to be made in producing medical marijuana if the producer can adapt to consumer needs. “There was grass that makes you unable to close for five hours. There is grass that makes you drool, sitting on the couch for five hours. This is not what you need if you want to keep a job. There are thousands of people who get sick card and they each have different needs. If you manage to find how to meet these particular needs, you will be rich.”