Smoking marijuana during college years may not distract from studies anymore. A school in Nevada is now offering a program designed to teach students how to properly run a marijuana dispensary. The classes are being offered at the same time state lawmakers are hearing testimony on a measure that would make it legal for people in Nevada to open for profit marijuana dispensaries. 13 years ago, Nevada voters approved the use of medical marijuana. The measure being considered by Nevada law makers would finally make it possible for patients to obtain the drug for medical uses.
The schools founder, Robert Calkin, says that his school offers a way for students to learn the ins and outs of the medical marijuana business. The school teaches students how to grow marijuana legally and to bake them into different treats. Brownies and cookies are an established part of the core curriculum. Although polls show medical marijuana is gaining support with the majority of the country, lawmakers have yet to catch up with the sentiments of the population. “Refer Madness” type stigmas are still present in the minds of older generations. While younger generations have nearly all embraced the marijuana movement, it may be some time before we see federal laws change to a pro-pot stance.
Calkin knows that federal laws pose a serious threat to marijuana dispensaries. Even if a state passes a law to legalize marijuana, there is no guarantee that federal authorities won’t put the owner of a dispensary behind bars. This represents a serious risk to anyone hoping to open a dispensary to serve medical marijuana patients. Although the risk is proving to be dangerous to dispensary owners, Calkin stays confident. “It’s coming,” said Calkin in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun. Calkin sees Nevada as a state that has always been ahead of the country when it comes to enacting change in legislation. “It was ahead of other states on gambling and prostitution, and (marijuana) is a lot less problematic.” Calkin said in the same interview.
Legal growing and selling of marijuana seems to promise dispensary owners a very profitable living. The average legal dispensary in Arizona can make $10,000 a day. This is a very tempting offer to the students enrolled in Calkn’s school. Over a thousand students have completed the course nationwide. They are now waiting for state and federal laws to catch up with their ambitions. The legal selling of marijuana offers economic benefits for the private owner of a dispensary but it also offers a lot of economic growth for the state. Calkin is hoping the state will decide to support the measure and allow his students to open their businesses.