"Professor of Cannabis" Is Ready to Teach Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs in Florida

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Did you do a lot of research?
I personally have traveled extensively through Colorado, California, Massachusetts, and D.C. talking to people in both the legitimate and black markets about best practices. Twenty states have some degree of medicalization or legalization.

Tell me about these classes you offer.
We advertised, and within 24 hours, the February slots sold out -- we're taking preregistration for March. The syllabus is on our website. Classes start every four weeks -- they're an intensive deep dive. You meet two times per week for four weeks -- 16 hours of instruction. You come in the classroom, led by the professors of cannabis, and there's outside work in grow spaces to learn to grow your own crops. Of course, we're very, very sensitive that's it's not a legal environment [for growing marijuana], so we have peppers and tomatoes, so people can get comfortable using hydroponic and aeroponic systems. We're preparing for medical-grade product -- it's far more difficult than putting a seed in the ground.

How much is the class?
$499.

Where is all this medical weed going to come from? Won't it take a while for crops to grow after legalization? Is there enough to import from Colorado at first?
We won't be able to buy from other states -- that would fall under interstate commerce, which is regulated by the federal government. We're relying on our growers, and each of our retail shops will be able to cultivate.

So you're saying that there are people in the shadows already growing weed who will be ready to sell on Day One?
Anecdotally, pot is being grown everywhere around the world. We won't be working with the black-market growers. Everything we want to do is professional and transparent. I feel very strongly that product will be available. [Growers will do what they need to do to meet the law], patients will follow steps to becoming registered, caregivers will have to go through that step of licensing concerns -- [and part of what my company does is] prepare people [for all of this].

What about concerns that medical marijuana will be abused? Are there standards developed in other states that Florida is likely to follow?
[This was addressed in] the controversy the Supreme Court just settled. One of the major oppositions to the ballot language was that it was very lenient -- doctors can prescribe it for patients with debilitating conditions for whom the benefits outweigh the risks. Certainly, this covers a lot of different people -- elderly, people in palliative care conditions. [There are different standards in different states and] a lot of gray area. A lot of this is being written as we go.

Can I get some for my insomnia?
That's not up to me. You'll have to talk to a physician. A doctor can prescribe anything -- he has morphine to give you, if that is [appropriate], in the doctor's opinion.

Did you smoke a lot of pot to prepare for this? Is there a "best" strain?
I'm not a smoker -- this is purely an entrepreneurial play for me. It's professional -- there's not going to be a Willie Nelson vibe, no Bob Marley posters on the wall.

How much will medical marijuana cost?
[There are a lot of variables with] pricing in medical care. The insurance system is a big one. Prices in other states tend to be slightly above black-market rates -- but this is the highest-quality product. If you purchase on the black market, you have to consider, has the grower used pesticides, what percent of this is beneficial compounds? We bring that type of testing or quality assurance -- at a premium but [worth it].

Can you give me a ballpark dollar amount?
Low quality costs about $250 an ounce, high quality about $400 an ounce; that's approximately what you see on the street. Part of what drives up the cost on the black market is [sellers factoring in associated risks of doing business]. We'll do everything in a well-regulated and brightly lit environment.


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evan137
evan137

There is alot of Cannabis Colleges that have been coming across the US as marijuana becomes legal for medical/recreational use, but I've found reading online and other resources to be able to assist in my learning to cultivate the medicine. I've also found this free course which aided me in the protection of my outdoor garden this you, see here: http://www.greencultured.co/free-marijuana-education/

RemmyAvage
RemmyAvage

While it sounds like a good idea to train for jobs are these Marijuana workers

from out of state.  It seems as if the same people are getting the oportunities, etc.

because they are more financially well off or experienced (from out of state).


And why is the government of Florida giving itself over to big Pharma and big

nursery so much. 


There needs to be more opportunity for common workers and the unemployed

that cannot get work so easily in a fortnight.  

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So why not allow low income or zero income unemployed to grow the pot?

This could be the start of helping the poor instead of the same wealthy persons'

over and over. Quality checks and assistance from Tenured and smug proffesors

can then help them out if there are problems instead of goverent harrasements

and government over scrutinizing any such growers.  If they are on the street

doing it then why wouldn't such want to do it legally.   There should be interest

for those able and who want in- the poor. So standards can be met without

eliminating others from the Marijuana industry or growth in future and legalization

which should happen.


Yeah, our politicians want to look to conservativer and be seen to rub elbows

with the rich and powerful Entrepreneurs so they look better on paper and

imprive their images with the conservatives.



lmusher40
lmusher40

Why all the negativity? Maybe this entrepeneur is not the most experienced grower, but he is putting himself out there and is attempting to grow a business. One cannot fault him for that. I hear a bunch of haters. I have a strong feeling that this guy will succeed

swellninja
swellninja

its just getting started. i'm gonna go out on a line here and bet that these guys have never put a pack on the ground. I hear oaksterdam 

Elguapo83
Elguapo83

So then how can I get into this business? Will there be any opportunities for delivery drivers? When can floridians learn more about this business.

Jaja8Labor
Jaja8Labor

Looks like a narc, talks like a narc, out in the open like a narc, in the paper.... like a narc

Jaja8Labor
Jaja8Labor

Nothing but a dreamer this guy... and he claims its "trolls" making stuff up below. What a joke of a dreamer. "I won't reply to any comments in this thread, so don't bother." but he replied with a huge essay of a post with nonsense. Miami weed has 40% mold... yeah, right. Nice BS claim you cannot back up, yet again. You are another guy with cash who stepped into the ganja scene and thinks he is going to run the biz..... not going to happen dreamer boy. Just because you saw it on CNN in Denver doesn't mean you can do it, FL has been growing twice as much as Denver and is going to be huge like Southern California since those 2 spots are the only place in the US you can grow all year round, 365 days a year. Anything above south florida or south california is less quality growers, mark my words you are talking out of your ass if you think Tampa businesses will come anywhere close to Miami. Like said before, DEA busts in the entire nation, the ENTIRE nation, miami is the biggest grow bust location out of them all, even the legal states... that says a lot. Dude is a dreamer, ha ha ha

jeremybufford-mmt
jeremybufford-mmt

I normally don't feed the trolls, but this topic is gaining a lot of attention, and in the off chance that anyone reads through @DRlegalgrower 's and @aaron.kennedy65 's posts and finds legitimate concerns, I'd like to address them. Essentially, Aaron's argument is that our Professor has no grow experience, and is graduate of Oaksterdam University, an institution for which he has little regard. Professor Hermida's job is to communicate well with students. He is not, and does not want to be a professional grower. But that's OK - because he has a team of growers standing right behind him with a collective 40 years experience in mass cultivation (and we hire new talent regularly).  DR's concern is that I apparently do not know about weedmaps or thcfinder, etc. A cursory read of my website will show otherwise, as I link to quite a bit of their content, among others. In fact, I understand their model very well - and my "Yelp" comment is taken a bit out of context here in that I am not suggesting our web presence will become a destination to find dispensaries, etc, but rather is designed to help our patients evaluate the offerings from our various growers in a format they have come to understand, i.e. online rating engines such as Yelp. However, DR goes on to say that somehow the current black market dealers will "come into the light" and function as legitimate businesses and force companies like Medical Marijuana Tampa out of the market, and within the year no less! This is very unlikely to happen for several reasons. First, most current operators have backgrounds, and state reg's are almost guaranteed to have "bad boy" restrictions preventing those individuals from operating treatment centers. Additionally, costs for applying for and getting a license to operate a treatment center are expected to soar over 500,000 USD PER LOCATION. Try getting your drug money clean in the necessary quantities by the time the rules come into effect - not going to happen. Third, the markets are not complimentary. Providing medicine for patients is vastly different from selling on the local street corner. As for the product comparison, our lab techs have analyzed his Miami-based $250 offerings and were not impressed. The highest incidence of mold-infested product we found in the state came from Miami-Dade at just over 40%. And to address his final bit of advice, I think I'll stay in Tampa, thank you - Denver is just too cold. :)  But cheer up DR, when things go well - I'll expand to Miami and give you a job. I'll get you out of your mom's house and make you my hype man - you have to learn how to spell first, though, so work on that in the meantime.  

I won't reply to any comments in this thread, so don't bother. Anyone interested in speaking with me can do so at 213-537-4281 and I'll answer any questions you might have.

-Jeremy

DRlegalgrower
DRlegalgrower

Ahahaha, this guy is CLUELESS. Especially at the end "yelp of pot" --- dude is clueless at the scene already going on under cover in FL. First off, there is thcfinder, weedmaps, etc, very very well known sites that will CRUSH this guy when it becomes legal here. Not to mention I have personally met DOZENS of growers in FL and left FL to go legal temporarily in another states, its the BIGGEST busted grow state out of all 50 states, miami is teh top DEA bust location! Look it up. And I know for a fact Miami will be flooded with wannabes like this guy but the people ALREADY GROWING will undercut him drastically with those laughable prices. $499 for a class? You can look up more stuff on youtube for free than this guy will be able to teach boasting as a professor but using Oaksterdam college as where he learned recently! hahah, newbie. The thing is I know there is HUNDREDS of outdoor and indoor crops going on in FL right as I type this, I have seen them on many sites the past month even! People need to wake up, this stuff is already solidly being done behind closed doors, just like the bars were doing before beer was legalized in the early 1900s! Wake up fools, you will not learn from Oaksterdam everything you need to know.... thats who is teaching you here on the 3rd page, a guy who learned herb from an overpriced joke of a college. Gimme a break hahahah. This guy will be run out of Tampa within 1 year, especially at the price points he said. mark my words. And top grade is below 250 in Miami, kid! There is BHO oil with high grade medical butane used, extractions, medibles, EVERYTHING Denver has was already in Miami 2 years ago to this day! And its all going up the state from there. hahahha, clueless wannabe ganjapreneur! Go to Denver, where all the other wannabes have flooded to! lolol

DRlegalgrower
DRlegalgrower

Ahahaha, this guy is CLUELESS. Especially at the end "yelp of pot" --- dude is clueless at the scene already going on under cover. First off, there is thcfinder, weedmaps, etc, very very well known sites that will CRUSH this guy when it becomes legal here. Not to mention I have personally met DOZENS of growers in FL, its the BIGGEST busted grow state out of all 50 states, miami is teh top DEA bust location! And I know for a fact Miami will be flooded with wannabes like this guy. The thing is I know there is HUNDREDS of outdoor and indoor crops going on in FL right as I type this, I have seen them on many sites the past month even! People need to wake up, this stuff is already solidly being done behind closed doors, just like the bars were doing before beer was legalized in the early 1900s! Wake up fools, you will not learn from Oaksterdam everything you need to know.... thats who is teaching you here on the 3rd page, a guy who learned herb from an overpriced joke of a college. Gimme a break hahahah. This guy will be run out of Tampa within 1 year, especially at the price points he said. mark my words. And top grade is below 250 in Miami, kid! hahahha, clueless wannabe ganjapreneur! Go to Denver, where all the other wannabes have flooded to! lolol

commenter8
commenter8 topcommenter

Jeremy Bufford seems well-informed and highly competent.

aaron.kennedy65
aaron.kennedy65

Being taught at Oaksterdam means One PROBABLY has never grown Cannabis first hand yet.. 


My research on this teacher bears that out. NO GROW EXPERIENCE.  


Putting the cart before the Horse at TOP dollar,, Way to start it out.. Gouge the students with NO real grow information.. This is silly,

loonachic
loonachic

I'm wondering why pharmacies aren't getting in to this game?

DRlegalgrower
DRlegalgrower

@commenter8 He is not... believe me, this guy even admits he is not a professional grower, just a wannabe "ganjapreneur". He is too late to the game, and needs more knowledge about what he talks about. All his knowledge is derived from googling, basically... not someone that deserves a page like this based on the novice way he answered most of these questions.

funchey1
funchey1 moderator editortopcommenter

@aaron.kennedy65  Why? What is it about Oaksterdam that makes you say that? 

amazinjess305
amazinjess305

@loonachic The pharmacies are in place only to sell/distribute it to the patients, Jeremy simply wants to grow it and sell it in bulk to pharmacies.  The pharmacies are also in place to charge the patients' insurance companies.

DRlegalgrower
DRlegalgrower

@loonachic Because its a Sched 1 drug right now.... many people know this is not right at all and are trying to make Obama change it. He talked about it today and said he cannot reschedule it, and says Congress has the power to make it federally legal. Obama also said recently that its safer than alcohol, which is a fact also. Times are changing, old clueless people are dying off. Its about time

DRlegalgrower
DRlegalgrower

@funchey1 @aaron.kennedy65Because it is a joke. It is marketed toward clueless newbie people who cannot grow plants. Its a beginner only class, they don't teach you everything and charge you as much as this guy ($499?hhahah wow)

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