As more states legalize marijuana, and federal legalization is getting closer, more colleges are offering courses, majors and minors in the field.
The cannabis industry is expanding rapidly. The growth could present an opportunity for both recent graduates seeking jobs and the higher education institutions willing to prepare them.
it’s not easy to get a job in the marijuana industry. There are thousands of applicants looking for ways to boost up their resume in the hopes of increasing their appeal to would-be employers. And the common assumption when it comes to boosting qualification for a certain job description? Go to school and get certified for it, of course.
Colleges are well-positioned to prepare students to work in the sector as lawyers, accountants, chemists, botanists, and more. But the stigma and questionable legal territory the marijuana industry occupies — though allowed in some states, it’s still illegal at the federal level — has made it difficult for universities to completely embrace. However, over the past year, there has been an increase in colleges and universities offering cannabis education.
Northern Michigan University started a degree program in medicinal plant chemistry two years ago.
The Houston Academy of Cannabis Science offers academic courses, such as Medical Cannabis for Medical Professionals. Students will first learn about the history of Marijuana, and how it’s used in medicine, grown, and dispensed in Texas and other parts of the country.
Then there are a ton of online schools that offer courses in growing, budtending, cheffing and much more.
Universities are also increasingly interested in pursuing more research on cannabis, but actually taking part in it can be tough because of their legal status at the federal level.
In Canada, where marijuana is fully legalized, universities are positioning themselves to help prepare students to fill the needs of the industry. At McGill University in Montreal, the faculty is in the midst of developing a one-year degree in cannabis for college graduates.