NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO, CANADA (RECENT) (REUTERS) – As Canadians prepare for the legalization of recreational cannabis this week, 24 students are becoming the first in the country to get formal credentials in growing pot.
Canada will become the first industrialized nation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis on Wednesday (October 17), fulfilling a campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals who had argued the move would keep pot out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crime.
In brightly lighted climate-controlled rooms at Ontario’s Niagara College, protected by fences and layers of locked doors, are 50 cannabis clones that students will learn to irrigate, feed, protect, track with bar codes, test for chemical content, harvest and cure, said program coordinator Bill MacDonald.
Canada’s burgeoning marijuana industry has caught the attention of major retailers like Walmart Inc’s Canadian unit and other global companies, mainly in the alcohol and beverage industries, who are considering entering the market for cannabis-infused products.
One thing students at Niagara College will not be able to do is make use of their product: All the plants have to be destroyed at the end of the course.