Cannabis in the classroom: SCCC to offer medical marijuana class

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s not your typical college class, but Schenectady County Community College is working on a program that would teach students how to cultivate medical marijuana.

But there’s a big forewarning – Fiorello Pharmaceuticals must get one of the five state licenses. The company would then open its growing facility in the Glenville Business and Technology Park.

Fiorello has pledged a $100,000 to SCCC to start up the program. The company plans to hire more than 100 people if selected, and it needs those people to be trained.

“This is an area where we do see jobs being created, and we see the potential for, down the road, for future job growth,” Matt Grattan, Executive Director Workforce Development at SCCC, said.

The college says there’s a lot more to it than you might think.

“The program would provide basic training for entry level positions, which are two different titles. There’s the grower, laborer and then there’s the dry package, curing laborer. So, the individuals would be learning the skills on how to plant and cultivate medical marijuana,” he said. “The other title would be working on how to once the plants are completed how to harvest those dry, cure them and prepare them for packaging to then be actually developed into either capsules, tinctures, or vaporized format.”

Grattan said the classes would be small, and the lab would likely happen off campus. And they wouldn’t actually be growing marijuana.

That would be illegal.

“We may be looking at utilizing other plants to mirror the process, so they’re getting the students familiar with the process for how to grow and cultivate and dry cure and prepackage certain types of plants,” he explained.

It would be a certificate program, and participants would not get credit toward a degree. The program is more focused on developing work related skills for a new industry requiring a new skill set.

It’s still unclear if they would wait for people to be hired to take the class or take the class before being hired.

But it all depends on Fiorello getting the growing facility.

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