Those wanting a higher education in marijuana now have an opportunity to do so in the Valley. Herbal Risings opened in 2014 with the goal of preparing people interested in working in the marijuana industry and further educating those already in the industry.
The business offers a 6-hour class, and a certificate is presented to those who successfully complete it, ABC 15 reports. Anyone can take the class and guest speakers are featured at every class.
Chad Olshavsky of Herbal Risings said, “We understand what they [marijuana businesses] are looking for in an employee, so we put that together in a one-day class.”
Becky Calloway said, “I realized I didn’t have any knowledge before this class.” Calloway now runs a Phoenix dispensary. She said, “Just with cannabis, you’re replacing people’s medications. You’re changing people’s lives.”
Justin Gurtler was a restaurant industry worker who even completed culinary school. He too took the six-hour course. Gurtler said, “I spent my whole life being told I couldn’t’ work in this industry by my family. Cooking was my passion, but this is what I wanted to do for a living.”
Olshavsky believes that his marijuana certification course adds credibility to the industry that faces so many negative stigmas. He said, “We have a lot of people from other backgrounds coming in and saying, ‘Wow, I’m so glad you put together this class because where else are you going to find this?’”
The class and certificate are not required by marijuana industry businesses to find employment in the industry.
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