WESTFIELD — The next marijuana growing course at Kelly’s Home & Garden will be held Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and Sept. 11.
“We’ve had a lot of people signing up,” store owner Brian Kelly said Monday.
Stories in The Republican and MassLive.com last month about the “Guide to Growing Cannabis Classes” held at the 81 Springfield Road store have prompted patrons to ask about the next one, he said.
The three-class course was arranged by Kelly and is taught by Christopher Parker and Kirsten Schuster, both of Springfield.
The first class is aimed at beginners or others who know little about marijuana and plant growing.
The next two classes advance into harvesting, lighting, growing indoors vs. outdoors, nutrients, trimming, curing and tips to get the most out of each plant.
Each class costs $10.
About 30 people attended the most recent classes.
“I would say that there’s a so much information out there that folks are looking for a place to help simplify the process and quite honestly, there are not a lot of places you can ask these questions, without judgment,” Kelly said.
Marijuana is legal for medical use in 30 states, including Massachusetts, as well as Washington D.C. Pot is legal for recreational purposes in Massachusetts, eight other states and D.C.
“For years, people have been doing it, but doing it very quietly,” Kelly said. “Now that it’s become legal in Massachusetts, some of those barriers are breaking down. People from all walks of life are coming in and asking questions.”
The classes draw men and women of a range of ages and backgrounds.
“Young people, senior citizens, blue collar and white collar and pretty much everyone in between are exploring growing their own cannabis,” Kelly said. “I also think people are now learning more and more about the challenges with prescription pain meds. We hear and see regularly that people are using it to treat chronic pain.
“We are a garden center, cannabis is a plant. We try and provide an open, judgment-free place that people can come in and ask questions.”