Days after the Florida Supreme Court approved the medical marijuana initiative for the November ballot, a cannabis career and cultivation seminar is coming to Miami. NBC 6's Hank Tester has the story.
Days after the Florida Supreme Court approved the medical marijuana initiative for the November ballot, a cannabis career and cultivation seminar is coming to Miami.
The California-based Cannabis Career Institute is holding the daylong weed workshop Saturday at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel.
For $299, entrepreneurs will hear about jobs and investment opportunities in the cannabis industry.
"Right now is the time to jump on this opportunity before it is too late and corporate interests get involved,” said Robert Calkin, CCI's president and founder, who will be conducting the workshop along with cultivation experts Jason “The Bud Whisperer” Scoby and Gary Maciel.
"We try to give tools to these businesses to see what's out there," CCI spokesman Gary Lane said. "Not only do the students get a ton of information but they also social network and bond."
Legal and medical experts will also take part in the seminar.
Lane said the group has launched hundreds of careers in the cannabis business since they started in 2009.
"For people with vision it's an unlimited horizon," Lane said.
Calkin emphasized that cultivating and selling marijuana would be only one part of the industry, if voters give their approval.
"It is kind of a misconception. ‘I am going to go into the marijuana business. I am going to sell and grow marijuana.' That is not the case. It is just one aspect of the business," Calkin said.
His cannabis career seminars also discuss opportunities from designing and building hydroponic growing facilities to the development of storefront franchises. Nurses, doctors, insurance agencies and accounting firms can also provide related services.
The timing of Saturday's seminar just happened to coincide with the Florida Supreme Court's decision on Monday to approve the proposed amendment that will be placed on November's ballot concerning medical marijuana.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing medical use of marijuana. Washington state and Colorado recently approved recreational marijuana use, and some see the Sunshine State joining them soon.
"It's going to create a lot of jobs," Lane said.
Calkin said his books and seminars will prepare Florida businesses just in case medical marijuana is legalized.
About 50 people have already registered for Saturday's seminar, Lane said. For more information, visit www.CannabisCareerInstitute.com.