BOCA RATON, Fla. - Sheridan Rafer is betting on medicinal marijuana. He's a personal trainer now, but plans to open a first of its' kind business in South Florida.
"Students will learn about medical cannabis and the industry, while participating in hands on practical training in our grow rooms," said Rafer.
Rafer is one of two instructors hoping Florida will legalize medicinal marijuana in November. He says students will learn how to harvest legal herbs until it becomes legal, he's assuming it will.
"The response has been huge, much greater than I ever expected, the phone has been ringing off the hook," said Rafer.
Irv Rosenfeld has been legally lighting up since 1983. He is one of four people in a federal program studying whether cannabis can treat patients with debilitating illnesses.
"I know how well this medicine works, it saved my life and could save a lot of others," said Rosenfeld.
He's wary of whether medical marijuana schools will offer enough training to students.
"When you're teaching someone these subjects it's not going to sink in to begin with, so I think any credible school should allow someone to come back with questions for no extra cost," said Rosenfeld.
"My brother in law and best friend have MS and I see them struggle with the disease and the financial burden that comes along with it," said Rafer.
Sheridan says that's his inspiration for taking this chance.