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Aspiring budtenders learning ins and outs of cannabis dispensary work at first community college course of its kind in Illinois

CHICAGO - The new cannabis course at Oakton Community College is far from the blow-off class one might imagine. Students don't touch marijuana inside the classroom in Des Plaines. No one grows a plant, rolls a joint or smokes a bong. Instead, they learn about molecular biology, drug laws and treating terminal illness.

"This is pretty intense," one student commented.

Federal law prohibits college personnel from handling marijuana directly. Instead, Illinois' first and only community college certificate course in cannabis emphasizes technical and practical knowledge meant to help students get a job in the field.

Students who complete the seven-course curriculum

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