Courses spring up to train students in the business of bud

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Cannabis is a multibillion-dollar industry in Canada and, with recreational usage legalized last month, is expected to boom. The industry’s growth requires workers to fill not just production jobs but other business-related functions.

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Business schools across Canada are taking notice of the budding cannabis industry, rushing out courses to train some of the managers and other workers who will fill the 150,000 jobs expected to be created over the next several years.

Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education, in collaboration with the Ted Rogers School of Management, has launched The Business of Cannabis course.

Brad Poulos, the academic co-ordinator of entrepreneurship and strategy at Ryerson in Toronto, was the brainchild of the non-credit course. His proposal was approved in about three months, and

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