Less than a week after amendment two passed in Florida, which legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, serious interest is growing for the cannabis industry.
Robert Calkin, president of the Cannabis Career Institute, offers training courses for those interested in the emerging marijuana market to learn about the legal requirements and regulations to even basic weed growing techniques.
Calkin says the cannabis industry is huge and now everybody is wondering how they can make money in the business.
"They want to know how to create a tax paying entity that’s going to allow them to make money," Calkin said. "They want to be like the butcher, the baker and candlestick maker- they want to be normalized.
Dr. Nancy Powers, a South Florida holistic physician, was among the workshop attendees and says now that amendment two was passed she is looking forward to applying what she’s learned.
"I personally experienced skin cancer and medical marijuana saved my life and I intend on helping save the lives of so many Floridians dealing with this," Powers said.
Among the workshops speakers was attorney Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich who says it’s important for those going into the business to maintain the integrity of the medical marijuana industry
"If somebody is not qualified to receive this medication a doctor should not issue the recommendation because at the end of the day they'd be hurting the masses of people that really do need all of this." Petkovich said
The Cannabis Institute is scheduled to return next month to South Florida.