Medical Marijuana Degrees?

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  1. b4cz28

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    What are the chances of any degree programs being created? I think there will be a massive demand for skilled people across the whole country in a few years as it seems most states will have something on the books.
     
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    Why would you need a degree to peddle marijuana when people have been doing it years without one . . . seems like a pointless question.
     
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    Welcome back b4cz28! You've been away a long time.

    Regarding that medical marijuana program, do you think that the course on bongs is a prerequisite to the course on rolling papers or is it the other way around?:smokin:
     
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    Yeah, its called medical school!

    "Schedule I Controlled Substances

    Substances in this schedule have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.

    Some examples of substances listed in Schedule I are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), peyote, methaqualone, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("Ecstasy")."

    Resources - Controlled Substance Schedules
     
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    Well, Delta, more and more people aren't content to let politicians make medical decision on their behalf, at least when it comes to this particular substance. That's why marijuana is legal for medicinal use in nearly half the states at this point, and in two states for religious and recreational use.

    Anyway, B4, the closest there is so far is Oaksterdam University. They are not accredited and do not offer degrees, but they're meant more to be a training program than an actual university. And no, no distance learning, although apparently they're working on it.
     
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    "legal for medical use"? The key words being "legal" and "medical" meaning one needs a prescription as the DEA states! Prescriptive authority to legally issue controlled substances in this category comes after being licensed as a Physician.....that's why I mentioned medical school. Are you saying there are States that allow the prescriptive use of marijuana from others that are not licensed Physicians?

    The OP says, "Medical Marijuana Degree" the key word being "medical" not recreational not religious!
     
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    In regards to the practice of evidenced based medicine, I have no doubt there will be post graduate fellowships develop over the years for licensed Physicians in this area.

    On a personal note, I am fascinated with the literature regarding claims of the chemicals ability to regulate seizure disorders.
     
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    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has recently passed laws allowing the use of medical marijuana by prescription. The dispensaries for this prescibed substance require licenses and the licenses have very clear requirements as to process and staffing. My general sense is that these will be set up much in the same way that pharmacies are set up.

    My first response in this thread was meant to be funny (hopefully it was at least a little funny) but if I were to make a more serious response I would suggest that a person who wanted to operate a medical marijuana dispensary they might get some sort of pharm cert and a business degree or some sort of business cert and a pharm degree.
     
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    Now that's funny!
     
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    There are no degrees in asprin, penicillin or Tums, so why have a full degree solely in marijuana?

    Also, :nutkick:

    That's what you get for letting us think you were dead.
     
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    Googling "degree in medical marijuana" has some interesting results. You might want to read this one, b4cz28. And welcome back! :smile:

    COLORADO CERTIFIES FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA UNIVERSITY IN THE COUNTRY

    A good piece of advice came from someone who wrote that a person with an academic interest in the medical uses of marijuana might want to study neuroscience -and specifically neuropsychology - at one of the many schools where researchers are actively investigating the use and effects of marijuana and other drugs.

    Normally, I'd say try here in Canada where many of the politicians have gone public about their dope-smoking (e.g. Rob Ford, Justin Trudeau) but I'm not sure now. I'm told our present Government has pretty well done a 180 on marijuana - medical and otherwise. :sad:

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    Even if marijuana - medical or otherwise - was legalized throughout the US tomorrow, I doubt whether anyone of normal means could get a license toenter the supply end of the business. They would be forced out of the DMV line (Department of Marijuana Validation :smile: ) by Big Tobacco or one of the other criminal organizations. The tobacco companies trademarked every kind of marijuana name ever heard of, many years ago, just in case the day came...

    If you're not coming to the table with $100,000,000 or more to invest, I think you're out of luck. I think it would be "Grow big or go home." Hey, you could always get a low-paid job on the production line... :sad:

    I'm generally against smoking anything - I quit all smoking 36 years ago - but I'd certainly make an exception for people with illnesses who felt marijuana helped them. Who am I to say they're wrong?

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    Another thought. Alcohol was once prohibited, but it's been legal again for quite a while --around 80 years. Just about any adult who wants it can buy it. But there wasn't/isn't any "massive demand for skilled people across the whole country" that b4cz28 mentioned as a possibility.

    I doubt if there would be more than a very small ripple in employment circles, if marijuana became legal. It might even slow employment demand in the criminal justice area -- less people going to jail. And that might be a good side-effect. :smile:

    A few big companies would make tons more money -- that's about all, as far as economic effect goes.

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    The exact numbers are fuzzy, but there is no doubt that marijuana is a significant cash crop in parts of California. If marijuana was legal, it would certainly be a focus of academic study in the agriculture departments of the UC and CSU systems, in the same way that wine is. Many state schools in California have programs in Viticulture or Enology, including UC Davis, Cal Poly, Fresno State, and some junior colleges.

    Sonoma State has an online certificate program in Wine Business Management. They also offer BS and MBA degrees in Wine Business, but those are B&M only. Humboldt State could develop similar programs for weed.
     
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    You can be for it or you can be against it but doesn't it seem that this aspect of our cultural trajectory is headed in a very clear direction? Like it or not this is going to happen. If I understand the situation correctly (there's no real reason to believe that I do) there will be growers and distributors and retailers. On a certain level it will be like growing, distributing and selling any other farm product. So, a degree would have to fit into one of those three general categories. I'd be willing to bet that the tobacco industry has just been waiting in the weeds for this to happen. They already have the growing/distribution pieces in place. It's the dispensaries that will be new. Highly regulated and controversial. But when there's money to be made you know that people will line up to be the ones who'll make it.
     
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    Waiting in the weeds? Good one! :smile: And yeah - just like I said. They've even trademarked names.

    We have legal medical marijuana in Canada. And patients can grow their own, subject to rules. As far as I know, nobody's getting rich on medical marijuana. Criminals are getting rich on the illegal kind, of course. Here's a site:

    Medical Marijuana

    I still think if it becomes legal in the US, only companies that are already rich will benefit commercially. Big Agribusiness will grow it, Big Tobacco will process it into spliffs and oh - maybe Walgreen's, CVS and the WalMart Pharmacy will handle the dispensing. I was thinking pharmacists might have to take a short course or something, for a special licence endorsement. Likely, not even that. They dispense potentially very dangerous medicines - e.g. narcotics, without any such add-on and always have, as far as I know. I just can't see a rush of new jobs in this.

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    Hm. I have this vision of billboards advertizing MJ as the calorie-free alternative to alcohol. Imagine a Mike's High Lemonade, infused with marijuana extract and sweetened with Splenda.

    I'm so sure that I just gave somebody a billion-dollar idea.

    Also, although some studies yield interesting results with respect to the health benefits of red wine and beer (yes, beer- it might actually be good for you!), el marihuana seems to cure everyone of everything. It could one day be a prescription drug.
     
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    In Massachusetts people who have the requisite presciptions, etc. are allowed to grow their own plants but I think this is only until the dispensaries are set up. (I don't really know, it's just what I've heard). I don't smoke anything so I can't say from personal experience if pot has medicinal qualities but it seems that enough people believe that to be the case that the laws are gradually changing across the country. Cultural evolution in action.
     

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