Cannabis College: Floridians get ready for legal pot business just in case

New business offers to train people in how to provide medical marijuana

CREATED Feb 5, 2014

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 TAMPA, Fla. - It may not be a threat to enrollment at Florida Gulf Coast University or Edison State College, but a new college approach to a uniuque subject may be just what some Southwest Floridians are looking for.

Some call it "Cannabis College." 

Right now, all forms of marijuana are illegal in Florida, but that could change if voters decide to legalize medical marijuana in November.

And Jeremy Bufford is ready if they do.

He's offer a "cannabis college" of sorts - a two day class (price: $500) offering to teach people about the science and business of marijuana. 

"I'm 100% (the amendment) will pass," says Bufford.

60% of state voters must vote for the iniative to make medical marijuana legal in Florida. 

Bufford's class is happening in the Tampa Bay area right now.

The class is meeting in a hotel coference room.

But he's already making plans to create a lab and hire more than 300 employees. 

One of the those attending the classes, Cliff Burt,  says the concept of preparing people for jobs in a legal pot industry feels like a natural move. 

"When I saw the opportunity to mix marijuana and business, I couldn't be happier," says Burt.  

Bufford's public relations guy, Eli Zuker, says his focus is on educating people who suspect all forms of marijuana are bad. 
   
"They don't don't understand the mechanism of it , so they're less likely to believe the possible benefits," he says 
 
Chemical analysis of marijuana reveals two different components.
 
There's THC, the chemical that gets you high, and CBD, a chemical that research has shown to stop seizures in epileptic children.
 
CBD is the focus of medical marijuana.
 
"This the frontier of a new type of medicine," says Bufford.
 
"And we need to be able to do the research to find out exactly what potentials there are."
 
Medicinal marijuana has been found to help ease pain for patients with debilitating diseass.
 
"Let's bring that medicine to these patients right away," says Bufford.
 
"It's a moral outrage to prevent that from happening."
 
"And let's do the research on it and see what other cures are out there" he adds.
 
The election to decide whether to legalize medical marijuana is November 4th.
 
To participate, you must register to vote 29 days before the election.