LAS VEGAS - Ever since Nevada legalized marijuana, the industry has continued to show that it expands every single day.
Now, UNLV is getting on the action by offering a course centered around cannabis.
“We started because unfortunately in a lot of the regions that have legalized cannabis the education requirement has kind of been an afterthought," said Trey Reckling, founder of the Academy of Cannabis Science.
Just four years after Reckling founded the Academy of Cannabis Science in Washington he is speaking about the organization's budding bond with UNLV.
“We're going to do some hand-holding because we know the subject matter is new for some folks," said Reckling. "Once they get it they get it, and they're all in, I think."
The two schools are offering Nevada's first, accredited cannabis course.
“We're training people for real careers, and if we are going to train them for a career, we have to do it in the highest possible level that we can," Reckling said.
“To be honest, it's one of those things that come along in life that you don't know what to expect, but you know, I see the benefits for the community and tourism in particular," said Joe Miera, vice-provost for the Division of Education Outreach at UNLV.
Miera says the program is great for any future professional.
“We think it will help them gain entry to the market because they'll have at least some certification; some education to back up their enthusiasm for the job," Miera said.
The online Budtender certification teaches the plant's history, regulation and safety standards.
"We feel like we're training the trainers, and if we can help people in the front lines to be as knowledgeable about this as possible," Reckling said.
It's all being done to get everyone ready for an industry Reckling calls a turning point for a trade still rolling forward.
"It is a fantastic opportunity, and really, that's something not easy to forget," said Reckling.
The online Budtender certification course costs about $99, but participants have to be 21 years old to sign up.
UNLV is working on three more courses for the Spring, including retail cannabis management, cannabis with pets, and a course to help people replace opioid treatments with pot alternatives.
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