Online Horticulture of Cannabis Courses May 31 – July 1 & July 11 – August 12, 2022UConn Student RegistrationNon-Degree / Visiting Student RegistrationNeed HelpThis summer (SS1: May 31 – July 1, 2022 & SS2: July 11 – August 12, 2022), UConn is offering two Horticulture of Cannabis course … Home Cultivation Visit MoreAboutMJ.org for more information on growing marijuana and making marijuana products at home. Massachusetts law allows residents of the Commonwealth to grow marijuana
Online Horticulture of Cannabis Courses
This summer (SS1: May 31 – July 1, 2022 & SS2: July 11 – August 12, 2022), UConn is offering two Horticulture of Cannabis courses (introductory and advanced) in convenient online formats. The two 3-credit courses can be completed 100% online from anywhere in the world and are designed to provide intensive overviews of the horticultural techniques used to grow and manage this medically important and high value crop. Both of UConn’s Cannabis Horticulture courses are delivered via an interactive and online platform, enabling you to engage with students, faculty and content within an asynchronous environment. Asynchronous means that you can sign on anytime of the day to complete assignments or participate in discussions.
Cannabis is one of today’s hottest and most lucrative crops. There is increasing interest in the U.S. about growing Cannabis as a recreational crop, and also medical usefulness of cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD).
Both courses are taught by Matthew DeBacco and Gerald Berkowitz, resident experts within UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.
Concerning costs for each 3-credit Cannabis Horticulture course:
- Many visiting (non-degree) students will pay $2,051 for 1 course and $4,037 for 2.
- Most current UConn students will pay $2,031 for 1 course and $4,017 for 2.
Note: There are multiple exceptions and special cases concerning course costs, visit UConn’s Summer Sessions Dates & Fees Page to learn more.
Horticulture of Cannabis Summer Courses
Introduction to the Horticulture of Cannabis: Seed to Harvest
SPSS 2130 Horticulture of Cannabis: Seed to Harvest – This 100% online course focuses on growing cycles of Cannabis from both macro and microscopic scales. Students will develop an understanding of some of the common challenges with Cannabis production and how to best identify and correct these issues. Lectures focus on horticultural management of a Cannabis crop grown in the field and in controlled environment.
In this course, students focus on the fundamentals of the production cycle of Cannabis including horticultural management, identification of crop issues, elite feminized seed production, seed propagation, vegetative propagation, pruning, training, optimization of cannabinoid content, and post-harvest handling. And further, the course will overview business operations related to Cannabis world-wide and in Connecticut, explore lab testing procedures, cannabidiol extraction technologies, the Connecticut medical marijuana program, and government regulation of the industry. Taught with SAPL 130.
Course material will be presented at the introductory level; the class is designed for students with diverse academic backgrounds; there are no prerequisites. There is no laboratory component to the course. Cannabis plants will be grown for class demonstrations related to specific horticultural techniques.
Advanced Cannabis Horticulture: Production & Industry
SPSS 3995 Special Problems: ‘Advanced Cannabis Horticulture: Production and Industry’ – This 100% online course focuses on growing cycles of Cannabis from both macro and microscopic scales. Students will develop an understanding of some of the common challenges with Cannabis production and how to best identify and correct these issues. Lectures focus on horticultural management of a Cannabis crop grown in the field and in controlled environment.
Students will develop a full understanding of the production methods of cannabis in addition to postproduction methods. Aspects of the industry will also be included to provide information about extraction, end products, jobs and current research within the cannabis industry. The organization of this course allows students to be able to choose their own progression through the course to allow for individual paths that will provide advanced level details. Students will be able to select starting plants from clones or seeds and if they plan on growing indoors or outdoors. Each student’s directed path through the course allows for a deeper understanding of the topics which are of greatest interest to the students that are connected with scientific research supported information. Job opportunities related to growing as well as other careers involved with the industry will be provided.
The class is designed for students with diverse academic backgrounds; there are no prerequisites. There is no laboratory component to the course. Cannabis plants will be grown for class demonstrations related to specific horticultural techniques.
Prerequisites: SPSS 2130 or previous production experience.
Visit MoreAboutMJ.org for more information on growing marijuana and making marijuana products at home.
Massachusetts law allows residents of the Commonwealth to grow marijuana at home. There are a few things you should know about Home Cultivation.
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You may grow up to six plants in your primary residence. Be sure you harvest your plants on a cycle, so that you never have more than six plants flowering at a time.
- If more than one individual in the residence is 21 years or older, the maximum number of plants is 12.
- If you are a Registered Qualifying Patient (Patient) of the Medical Use of Marijuana Program Online System (Online System), you are permitted to grow enough marijuana to yield a 60-day supply for personal, medical use. A 60-day supply is defined as enough to provide 10 ounces of usable marijuana.
- If you rent your home, keep in mind that landlords can legally restrict cannabis cultivation. Check your lease—and if you’re unsure, ask your landlord.
- The plants must be grown in an area that is equipped with a lock or security device.
- The plants cannot be visible from a public place without the use of binoculars, aircraft, or other optical aids.
- You cannot manufacture at-home marijuana or hemp by means of any liquid or gas, other than alcohol, that has a flashpoint below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Responsible Home Cultivation
Lower Risk of Electrical Fires
Growing cannabis plants indoors often requires high-powered lamps, temperature controls, and expanded levels of ventilation which can overload electrical circuits and cause fires. To lower your risk of electrical fires, consult a licensed electrician to ensure you are following all relevant fire codes.
For more information on fire safety and cannabis in your home, click here to view a flyer from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
Cannabis Oil Extraction
When making concentrates, extracting cannabis oil with flammable materials, such as propane and butane, is illegal. These materials release vapors that can easily trigger explosions. Consider alternative extraction methods.
When making edibles at home, such as cannabis-infused beverages or baked goods, it can be challenging to distribute cannabis evenly throughout a product. This can make it difficult to control potency and dosage of the edible.
Keep Kids and Pets Safe
If you have any marijuana products in your home, be sure to store them away in a locked storage container and out of reach of children and pets.
A violation of Massachusetts home cultivation laws is subject to a fine of up to $300 and forfeiture of the marijuana. Here’s a breakdown of the penalties for unauthorized cultivation: