Cannabis is coming to the classroom.
The first degrees in cannabis chemistry will be offered beginning this fall at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., according to the university’s website. The soon-to-be-launched program will offer both associate and bachelor’s degrees, and will equip students “with the knowledge necessary to gain employment in emergent cannabis markets.”
“We are training students to become leaders in the emerging field of cannabis analysis,” chemistry professor Steven Johnson said on the university’s website. “In this unique program, students handle and analyze actual cannabis plant material and not surrogate material. Graduates will be chemists, first and foremost, trained in industry standards of cannabis analysis.”
In 2008, Michigan became the 13th state to legalize medical cannabis. In 2018, it became legal for recreational use as well, and the state has until December 2019 to establish a licensing program for recreational dispensaries.
Over in Vermont, higher education institutions have launched certificate programs that aim to provide students with pathways into the industry. According to VTDigger, Vermont Technical College plans to introduce a CBD and greenhouse cash crop certificate program that will be offered beginning this fall. An entire session will take place over the course