Cannabis Industry Operations - Southwestern Illinois College

CAN  101 – 001   Cannabis Industry and Law

Tuesdays, 5-7:50 p.m., Aug. 24 – Dec. 14, 2021
Jars Of Cannabis Flowers

This course provides an overview of fundamental information about the history, law, and culture of cannabis cultivation and consumption.

The course will not only familiarize students with legal issues surrounding the cultivation, production, and use of cannabis today, but also provide a backdrop of knowledge to help students understand the stigma and previous status of cannabis in the U.S. as well as its functions abroad.

This course will also give students an overview of regulations and legal issues regarding cannabis cultivation and use throughout the U.S., and students will be able to distinguish between local, federal, and state laws. Students will review federal policies on prescribing and dispensing cannabis and focus particularly on the laws concerning medical marijuana. Important terminologies related to the production/processing of cannabis will be utilized.

Students will understand the distinctions between different varieties of cannabis products (e.g., hemp, CBD oil, and marijuana).

The course will also emphasize potential career paths within the industry and what requirements may be necessary for different specializations.

CAN  102 – 001   Medical Cannabis Use/Research

Thursdays, 5-7:50 p.m., Aug. 26 – Dec. 16, 2021
Doctor writing on prescription blank and bottle with medical cannabis on table close up

This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of how cannabis can be utilized as treatment in the medical field as well as relevant modern topics in cannabis research.

Students will learn about how the body reacts chemically to cannabis usage through both benefits and side effects. Legislation specifically regarding the usage of medical cannabis will be covered, and students will become familiar with safe and reliable medical cannabis practices.

The course will also seek to address misinformation about cannabis, and students will explore the latest findings from industry experts and research programs in regards to proper cultivation, processing, and usage.

The course will not only cover researched benefits, but disadvantageous effects, including misuse, addiction, and social consequences and cultural implications as well.

Discussions about ethics in medical and non-medical cannabis usage will also be emphasized

Cannabis Industry Operations Certificate

Pending ICCB approval
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester Semester Credits
HORT 102 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 112 Media & Fertility  4
CAN 101 Cannabis Industry & Law 3
CAN 102 Medical Cannabis Use & Research 3
CAN 130 Cannabis Operations 3

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