Ohio became the 25th State to legalize medical cannabis back in 2016. Now, in a quaint office building in the industrial area of Independence, Ohio, the Cleveland Cannabis College is giving potential retailers, hopeful growers, and physicians a shot at being on the forefront of Ohio’s cannabis industry.

A scientific and medical approach to education

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Since Ohio is making medical cannabis the priority for consumers, entrepreneurs are focusing on that aspect of the industry. Take Richard Pine, CEO of the Cleveland Cannabis College, who’s taking the legality of cannabis and optimizing his business.

Pine opened the College to help build education around Ohio’s newly legal industry, offering classes in horticulture, history, and law.

Ohio’s really setting the bar for the laws in medical marijuana – they’re treating it like a medicine unlike some states out west.

What we aim to do is share the scientific facts about cannabis with as many people as possible. Other states don’t necessarily treat the plant as medicine.

There has to be somewhere for doctors to learn – and to learn how to talk to patients about this. – Richard Pine, CCC CEO

Students are accepted on what is to be called a rolling basis; there are introductory classes that lead to more focused certifications or degrees like horticulture and business. The college finished planning the curriculum this new year and started its first class at the end of January.

Legality uncertainty could be a good thing

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Without fully completed legislation on cannabis in the state, the potential for more classes and degree choices could really benefit the college and its students.

There will be more opportunities as the years go on. But you’ll need to have the experience, number one, to get a job or a license.

We’re that transition where students can come and further their education, and we’re also in the process of setting up some programs out West and in Michigan to get students hands-on experience – work internships – so they’ll be able to get their feet on the ground and actually work with the material.

Like any form of post-secondary education, the Cleveland Cannabis College won’t be cheap. Tuition will cost you $1,000 per class or $5,200 for the full program, which includes 135 hours of total class time.

The education won’t keep you forever in debt, though. The CEO claims that the school can guarantee job placement in the cannabis industry within six months of graduation, and while in classes, students will make connections through internships and employment opportunities.