This had to happen eventually.

From the New York Times comes news that Michigan now has an institute of higher education, Med Grow Cannabis College, devoted to the study of marijuana:

“This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate the state economy with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars,” said Nick Tennant, the 24-year-old founder of the college, which is actually a burgeoning business (no baccalaureates here) operating from a few bare-bones rooms in a Detroit suburb.

The school is more of an extension course than a traditional college. A Med Grow program lasts six-weeks, costs $485 and covers the growing cycle of cannabis. It is also, according to the Times article, “a gathering of serious potheads, sharing stories of their best highs.”

This is probably not what Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm meant when she said earlier this year that she hoped to be able to create jobs by moving Michigan from “rust belt to green belt.”

The only required textbook is Jorge Cervantes’s Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible, which costs $29.95.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer