Prattville, Okla. -- Many Oklahomans are looking to take advantage of the state's new medical marijuana laws, but with that comes a learning curve.
The growing of cannabis is a new concept for some. That's why Prattville gardening supply company, GrowPro, is offering a course for those looking to grow.
Its mission is to teach individuals how to grow their own marijuana plants specific to their needs.
With a green thumb and a background in medicine, owner Angie Goins found the perfect way to collide her passions.
“We did hospice work and that’s kind of the in that got us into the medical area,” Goins said. “Cannabis could serve such a great purpose."
With the legalization of medical marijuana in Oklahoma, an opportunity presented itself.
"I think right now our goal is to help the people that are in hospice and people that need it medically, to be able to educate them to the point where they can grow their own,” Goins said.
Thus, a free workshop was born, inviting the public to learn the ins and outs of growing medical-grade marijuana, and it's catching on. GrowPro hosted a booth at the fair and since then, more people have begun trickling into their shop.
"We teach them just like any other gardening class,” Goins said.
She notes that the process comes down to an exact science, and if done right, growers can control the strain of marijuana.
"I’m so excited about this new thing rolling through and the legalization and the ability for people to have their own medicine and grow their own medicine,” Goins said.
The workshop strictly focuses on growing medically beneficial cannabis, turning a once taboo topic into an educational forum.
Goins said there has not been a lot of backlash concerning the pot-growing course, but she can’t imagine being able to host a workshop like this before the vote to legalize medical marijuana.
She also said GrowPro does not grow or sell marijuana seeds and is strictly a plant supply shop.
Those interested in classes can attend them for free on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
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