Introduction to the Cannabis Industry (3 Credits)

Course Number / CRN # BU170 30306

This course introduces students to all sectors of the cannabis industry production and supply chain. Students will learn and analyze key operational definitions, economic considerations and regulatory issues affecting each sector, as well as resource opportunities, challenges and best practices. Upon completion of the course, students will have a foundational knowledge of this unique industry from the cultivation stage through to final retail sale.

About the Cannabis Retail and Sales Microcredential:

The CGCC Cannabis Retail and Sales Microcredential is designed to provide our region with entry-level retail employees in the cannabis industry. Students completing this microcredential will develop the knowledge and skills for employment in the cannabis retail industry.  This course provides foundational knowledge of this unique industry from the cultivation stage through to final retail sale. It is directly aligned with the following micro-credential learning outcome: Demonstrate knowledge of the cannabis industry from cultivation through retail sales

Policies and Procedures:

Students enrolled in this course may qualify for internships with local cannabis businesses, and therefore must be 21+ years of age. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

Outline of Major Topics:

This course will provide a foundation for students who want to work in the cannabis retail and sales industry. Topics will include an overview of all sectors of the cannabis industry, including but not limited to:

  • agricultural technology and cultivation practices
  • manufacturing of consumer goods
  • data analytics
  • distribution
  • cannabis tourism, and more.

Additionally, students will develop foundational knowledge of regulatory issues for each sector, and how these regulations impact business practices.


This curriculum will be taught asynchronously, using the college’s LMS (Learning Management System). Students will need to access video content and readings to participate in a discussion board and complete assessments.  They will have access to the instructor via virtual meetings and email, as well as the program coordinator either on-campus or remotely.