Need a Job? Go to Pot School

Medical Marijuana schools bring new industry to Michigan

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 24, 2010 8:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Business is booming at Med Grow, a Medical Marijuana school just outside of Detroit. For $475, students get a six-week course on the finer points of growing top-quality weed, which can fetch as much as $500 an ounce. That’s an enticing proposition in a state with 14% unemployment—indeed, almost a fifth of the school’s students so far have been ex-auto workers, Time reports.

Schools like this could soon be common in pot-friendly states; Med Grow has plans to open branches in Colorado and New Jersey, and Oaksterdam University, a three-year pot school from Oakland, already has expanded to LA and Flint, Mich. But despite all the new careers the schools are launching, authorities remain hostile. The local police chief says he’s told students that if they’re caught using marijuana, “we’re going to drop you like a bad habit.”

Richard Lee, president of Oaksterdam University, mixes nutrients for growing marijuana, under the glow of yellow hydroponic lights, in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.
Richard Lee, president of Oaksterdam University, mixes nutrients for growing marijuana, under the glow of yellow hydroponic lights, in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)
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