UNIVERSITIES in the US are starting to roll out degrees in cannabis – giving new meaning to the term ‘higher education’.
So if you’ve ever dreamed of getting a master’s degree in marijuana, these could be the schools for you.
Universities in the US are starting to roll out degrees focusing on cannabisCredit: Getty – Contributor
The University of Maryland is now accepting applications for a two-year Master of Science program in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics.
It is the first graduate program in the country dedicated to the study of medical cannabis.
Set to start in Fall 2020, the course would be ideal for those with a bachelor’s degree and currently working or looking to work in the medical cannabis industry.
Students will be taught the basic science of medical cannabis, its clinical uses, adverse effects, public health considerations, as well as laws and policies.
The website states the application deadline is April 15, 2020.
Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, Dean of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy, said there is a demand for an educated workforce in the booming cannabis industry.
“Our MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics has been critically designed to prepare students to meet this demand,” she said.
“Innovations in instructional design throughout the curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact on communities across the United States.”
The University of Maryland is not the only school banking on the future of pot.
Lake Superior State University in Michigan has launched a cannabis business course.
The baccalaureate of science in cannabis business is designed for “future managers, supervisors, and business development leaders within a commercial enterprise”.
Marijuana laws are changing at a rapid pace across all 50 states.
Some 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug for recreational purposes.
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Latest reports say 33 states – plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands – have legalized the drug for medical purposes.
The industry is set to produce billions in sales and thousands of jobs over the next five years.
So schools are preparing students for the business and technical side of the growing field.