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University of Guelph launches cannabis production course

A new program at the University of Guelph likely has some really interesting homework.

Cannabis growers from commercial professionals to homegrowers are the target of a new online course launched this fall at the Ontario university.

This semester, the school began offering its Cannabis Production online course, part of a new cannabis specialization in University of Guelph’s existing horticulture certificate program.

The Cannabis Production course is already full, with 60 students enrolled for the fall semester.

University of Guelph plans a second cannabis course

The University of Guelph also plans to offer a second course teaching cannabis regulations and quality assurance, which begins in January with registration opening this month.

Both courses will draw upon leading research expertise in aspects of cannabis production developed by University of Guelph faculty members.

The new programs will be among only a few cannabis production courses available so far at universities and colleges in Canada.

“In the past year, we’ve had a significant increase in people calling, looking for courses,” said Marjory Gaouette, manager, program development with Open Learning and Educational Support at the university of Guelph.

The inaugural Cannabis Production course will be designed and taught by Brandon Yep, a master’s student in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES).

Yep will teach growing basics, including lighting and irrigation systems, growing media, pest and disease management, and post-harvest curing and packaging.

As well, the course will also discuss the various aspects of botany, cannabis history, the growing Canadian industry and medical uses of the plant.

Extensive research

Yep said he designed the University of Guelph course using extensive and longstanding University research in general horticulture, plant agriculture and indoor growing in greenhouses and controlled environments.

“This course will clarify fact from myth and provide scientifically backed information on cannabis production,” Yep said, referring to numerous untested growing practices developed by home growers before legalization.

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