ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The number of New Mexicans who've signed up for medicalmarijuana has doubled over the past six months to 1,100.
Some of those people are now taking classes to learn how to growtheir own pot.
They have textbooks, take home projects and their pot plantseven get graded.
There are books on how to do it, but state-licensed medicalmarijuana supplier Len Goodman is giving classes on how to growpot.
After getting his own license to mass produce the plant, Goodmanfound a lot of people who have prescriptions for it can't affordit.
“Somewhere in excess of 50 percent of the patients and itcould be as high as 75 percent of the patients,” Goodmansaid. “We could cut the price in half and there would bepeople who can't afford it.”
Goodman is now trying to keep them from going without or turningto the streets to buy it.
He opened up his office to host classes on how to growcannabis.
“We had a couple of test classes they weren't right, theyare not where they should be," Goodman said. “There was nosupervision to curriculum; there was no supervision as to who thepresenter was, as to the quality of it.”
Goodman has put a stop to that and is now running his own freeclasses.
“So we have developed the curriculum, along with otherpeople, and put a course schedule together, and know who thepresenter is, and know how they are going to present it," hesaid.
He expects to have a six-part class starting in a month and havehis students harvesting their own marijuana within six months.
“They can grow sufficient medicine for themselves at acost of $50-100 a month instead of paying $400-800 a month.”Goodman said.
To help them get started, every student gets a medical gradeseedling to take home.
“The clones that we are giving people are exactly what weare growing.”
To make things clear, only licensed patients who have permissionto grow their own plants are allowed in the class.
300 of the 1,100 medical marijuana patients in the state cangrow their own, but they can't have more than four mature plantsand 12 seedlings at a time.
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