Rene Van Acker is hoping marijuana will prove a gateway drug for targeted generations of young people — horticultural students.
In launching the first university lab in Canada dedicated to cannabis production, the dean of the Ontario Agricultural College believes the chance to study pot will entice budding plant scientists in a way that flax or soybeans never could.
“With this topic in particular, I think there’s a possibility of attracting all kinds of people to the field that may not have thought about being involved in plant research,” says Van Acker, whose college is part of the University of Guelph.
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