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Medical Marijuana Dispensing: The New Voc-Ed

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The teacher addresses the class: "This is a new industry that's going to turn California around, and you're it."

So is Liz McDuffie talking about high speed rail, or social-networking, or green-collar jobs? Well, she is talking about two kinds of green--money and marijuana. McDuffie teaches a class at her Medical Cannabis Caregivers Directory in Pasadena, and her story is told in today's Star-News.

Students pay $130 to attend her workshop, where McDuffie covers "the maze of legal issues surrounding the use and sale of medical marijuana, [...] the process involved in becoming a 'primary care provider,' and [...] the risks of operating a medical marijuana dispensing business." Instead of focusing her energy on engaging in discussions about legality, McDuffie is focused solely on "regulation and compliance," which she sees as "the key to the industry's legitimization."