Colorado State University is launching a degree in marijuana after receiving state approval for the program on Friday.
Starting this fall, Colorado will be offering Cannabis, Biology, and Chemistry to undergraduate students wishing to study the science of the crop to ensure success in the industry, local media reported. The marijuana program is similar to a double major in biology and chemistry and features a lab permitted to cultivate industrial hemp to allow students to use cannabidiol derived from the plant during their study.
The program launch coincides with a time when the marijuana industry is booming, and more states are legalizing the drug; thus, increasing its accessibility across the nation.
Speaking to the media, the dean of College of Science and Mathematics, David Lehmpuhl, said that the degree is demanding, and it is geared towards increasing demand in the marijuana industry.
Lehmpuhl further said hemp and weed have succeeded in a lot of economic sectors across the country, and while the university is neither pro-marijuana nor anti-marijuana, their focus is about science, and educating their students to study marijuana science.
The program is about natural products, and the students would be studying the genetics of marijuana as well as other plants, which would be supplemented with other courses in neurobiology, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. This includes finding out CBD levels in certain products.
Colorado State University’s announcement follows the announcement made by Colorado State University’s Fort Collins Campus about the construction of a new research center to study chemical compounds found in hemp. The research center will be opened in the College of Natural Sciences this spring.
Speaking to reporters, Lehmpuhl said that the U.S. needs trained scientists in the field of marijuana and hemp, especially after the 2019 vaping crisis.
Colorado adopted recreational marijuana early as it was among the first two states to legalize adult-use cannabis in 2012 through Amendment 64. Within the same year, Washington also legalized adult-use marijuana through a similar vote, Initiative 502.
In Colorado, people above the age of 21 were allowed to use recreational marijuana from 2014.
The state of Colorado earned more than $1 billion from marijuana in 2019, and the revenue is being used to fund public services. Since marijuana was legalized within the state, consumers have spent more than $6.5 billion, and there are no signs of reducing.
Oher universities offering marijuana courses include Northern Michigan University in Marquette, which is offering a four-year medicinal plant chemistry degree, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, accounting, and financial management.
The demand for these program is anticipated to be high, and these announcements of the courses is most likely welcome news to sector players like SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) who have always struggled to get well-trained employees.
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