Getting a Degree in Cannabis Education: Review of US college courses

Getting a Degree in Cannabis Education: Review of US college courses

Study of marijuana in higher education

As the demand for legalized weed increases, so too will the need for qualified personnel in the areas of growing, production, distribution and marketing of legalized marijuana

With the growing number of states permitting the recreational use of marijuana and the overwhelming number that have already allowed for the use of medical marijuana, a large proportion of the US population live in a state where marijuana use is legal in some way. As demand for product increases, the future looks bright for qualified personnel in the areas of growing, production, distribution and marketing of legalized marijuana. With students all across the US preparing to start or return to college this month, this is a fitting time to talk about the study of marijuana in higher education.

Some US colleges or universities are offering a variety of classes on policy and law and how it relates to the marijuana industry while others are offering full-blown degrees in medicinal plant chemistry.

Here is a breakdown of the current offerings from educational institutions across the US.

Marijuana Policy and Law

University of Denver Sturm College of Law offers a couple of classes on marijuana law and policy including Representing the Marijuana Client. According to their website, this class is “designed to provide students with an understanding of the realities of representing a marijuana client (either private or public) in the current turbulent legal environment”, an area of law that looks set to become more and more in demand.

Other marijuana law and policy related courses include Long Island, New York’s Hofstra University that offers a course on the Business and Law of Marijuana, which introduces students to the rapidly-developing legal questions encountered in the operation of marijuana-related businesses.

There is also Marijuana Law and Policy at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee; Cannabiz: Exploring the “Legalized” Cannabis Industry at Ohio State University as well as Oregon State University’s Marijuana Policy in the 21st Century that “examines some of the policy issues facing the state following the legalization of recreational marijuana by Oregon voters.”

Medicinal Use of Marijuana

Classes related to medical marijuana can be found at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, which is one of the first medical schools to offer cannabis education. Their course Pharmacology 200: Cannabis Past, Present, and Future teaches concepts in pharmacology and physiology related to the medicinal uses of marijuana.

University of California, Davis now offers a new undergraduate course on the Physiology of Cannabis that covers a wide range of subjects designed for students in the biological sciences including the therapeutic value of cannabis and the potential for future new medical uses of marijuana.

In addition, the University of Washington offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) training for health professionals in the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain.

Marijuana Certificate Programs

For those that want more in-depth training across all aspects of the legalized marijuana industry, several institutions offer Marijuana Certificate Programs.

Oaksterdam University is recognized as America’s first school of cannabis. While it is not accredited by any academic body, they offer a highly-regarded vocational program providing training and education for the thousands seeking jobs in an industry that is increasing in both size and legitimacy.

The Cannabis Training University offers a comprehensive and informative medical marijuana educational series online. Again, this is not an accredited course.

The Grow School offers self-paced online classes that cover all aspects of growing marijuana.

Finally, the most recent addition to the study of cannabis that is offered at an accredited institution is Northern Michigan University’s Medicinal Plant Chemistry.
The multidisciplinary subjects offered as part of this four-year degree program make it unique in marijuana education. The degree is designed to prepare students for success in the emerging industries relating to medicinal plant production, analysis, and distribution.

Have you attended one of the above courses and would like to share your experience? What do you think college students want to learn about in the field of cannabis education? Let us know on Facebook or @mmdotcom.

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