Writing Out Loud: A Joint Degree

Have you been wondering what you are going to do with the rest of your life? Maybe you’ve been contemplating going to a two year college to get your Associates degree, or the idea of a four year college fits your plans better. A higher education is definitely something to be desired and strived for. In the evolving employment market developing in this country, almost every potential employer is requiring, or at the least desiring, their applicants to hold some sort of a degree.

Going to college, though, can be an expensive endeavor. Even if you qualify for a student loan, the costs can still seem staggering. For some, it is unfortunately not going to happen. That’s where side effects can be a welcome sight. In 2018, marijuana for recreational use will be legal in California. Not news to most of us, but did you know that one of those side effects could point you to a higher education? (Pun intended)

You can become a certified expert in the growing, cooking, trimming, budtending, and the medical uses for weed. After you have completed these courses, online Cannabis Universities will send you a certificate. Armed with a resume and your well-earned certificate, you can then venture out into the exploding job market of cannabis and be on your way to a successful career in the cultivation and sales of the only illegal drug to be voted on by the public for general use.

At THC University for $50 a month you can take an online course designed to equip you with all of the knowledge and tools you need to become a Master of Marijuana. According to their website, the average student of ganja will complete the studies in 3-6 months. For those who want to take their time, however, and really let the information sink in, they offer a one year, extended program for only…$480! The school’s staff of highly qualified instructors have a combined experience of over 100 years in the study of marijuana and are more than willing to share their grasp of the plant with you.

If online training is not your cup of tea, there is an opportunity for you to attend the world’s only hands on training facility at America’s oldest cannabis university located in Oakland, California. Oaksterdam University has been around since 2007, and its campus has everything a budding cannabis entrepreneur could ask for. Offering 14 week semester classes, two or three day seminars and a plethora of courses, OU is the leader in the art and expertise of cannabis. If you have a certificate from OU, your future is pretty much set in stone, according to a review of their website’s information.

There are over 20 of these marijuana education based schools listed on the internet. They vary in tuition costs, but they all promise that if you take their courses and pass with at least a 75 percent on all of your tests, you will be certifiable. Now, for some of you, taking these classes is not really necessary. You may think that your ‘work’ experience alone is enough for you to qualify for one or more of the thousands of jobs that will be available come January. Unfortunately though, that type of ‘work’ experience is not worth the rolling paper it is written on. No sir. With the flourishing marijuana industry taking off like it is, employers will be looking for real certifications by accredited schools of cannabis technology. So, if you want to be considered a true cannabisiologist, you might want to look into one of these universities. Imagine the homework assignments for these courses. No wonder some may want to go for the extended classes. As a rule, they say, expect three hours of homework for each hour of class study time. Wow! Better stock up on the munchies!

Remember when you were a kid and someone asked you, ‘So, what do you want to be when you grow up?’ Master of Marijuana probably didn’t come rolling off of your tongue, did it? I wonder if Cheech and Chong ever thought of starting the University of Marijuana Growing and Rolling.

As Bob Dylan wrote in a song, “The times, they are a changin’.”


The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Sun. George Stahl can be reached at stahl_george@yahoo.com

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