The Garcia Y Vega cigar factory in west Tampa.
Tampa, Florida -- You can call it Cannabis U, and it's launching inside the former Garcia Y Vega cigar factory in west Tampa.
The 131-year-old building is the very first facility in the state dedicated to medical marijuana education, and Jeremy Bufford is the brain child.
"This is a month-long course that will deep dive into cannabis from a historical, legal, botanical, and a pharmacological perspective," said Bufford.
Bufford is ready to hit the ground running if the amendment is approved by Florida voters. In addition to education, Bufford will hire researchers, botanists, cultivators, lab techs, security officers, and more.
Rachelle Roach planned to attend the first class. She already holds a master's degree in nutrition, and said the empirical data on pot is staggering.
"This is a plant that has a lot of healing properties and nutrients," said Roach.
"We know that the opportunities for the medical marijuana industry in 2015 and beyond are life changing. Not just for the patients we're going to be assisting, but also the economic impact it will bring to the area," said Bufford.
The vote on the medical marijuana amendment is still more than 10 months away, but the momentum toward making cannabis available via prescription is already white hot.
If all goes as planned, organizers say medical marijuana will be dispensed as early as the summer of 2015.
"We believe this industry will be mainstream in the next 5 to 10 years," said Roach.
Click here to learn more about Medical Marijuana Tampa.
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