August 31, 2011 · 0 Comments
by Jeff Cummings, Edmonton Sun, (Source:Edmonton Sun)
28 Aug 2011
Sorry Cheech and Chong. There’s no room for you at this seminar.
Don Schultz, a Kelowna man who will be holding a “medical marijuana educational seminar” in Edmonton next month, says he is only looking for those who are serious about helping patients suffering from immense pain by growing and supplying them with medicinal pot.
“We are not looking for pot smokers,” said Schultz about the seminar. “We are only looking for people who want to take care of patients, medicine wise.”
The course — to be held at Concordia University College Sept. 24 and 25 — will give students a chance to learn about laws surrounding the medical marijuana business, along with understanding how to become a licensed grower with Health Canada.
There are only a few hundred seats available for the $ 330 seminar. Schultz says every person who takes the course will get a certificate from Greenline Acadamy, the marijuana educational school Schultz founded last April.
“This has nothing to do with illegal drugs,” said Schultz, a former real estate agent in the United States. “We are educating people so they don’t run into enforcement issues.”
The two-day program also offers information for patients. That’s where they can be connected with doctors to learn about the “benefits” the plant has. Greenline Acadamy will also match those patients with local growers.
Growing medicinal marijuana can also be lucrative for those who are looking for a part-time job, said Schultz, as growers could make $ 3,000 to $ 6,000 a month.
Under Canadian laws, patients who are using medical marijuana are only allowed five-grams of the drug a day.
That’s about $ 100 a day, said Schultz who has so far helped 40 people become certified growers with Health Canada in British Columbia.
“This is a really good way of making some extra income,” said Schultz who adds every grower must be screened for criminal records by the RCMP after they get a certificate from the academy.
“This is all about teaching compliance to people so they know exactly where they stand with the law.”
Schultz, who calls himself an avid gardener, says he left his failed real estate business to kick start Greenline Acadamy.
“This has been around for a long time — we all grew up in the 60s and 70s and we all know what that was like,” said Schultz.
“But patients have tried conventional medicines and medical marijuana. Eighty per cent of them like the use of medical marijuana.”
For more information about the seminar, check out GreenlineAcademy.com