The fall semester of the 2019 - 2020 school year has been one for the record books for universities across the US. As the end of the first semester approaches, universities are opening up about their decision to add a new subject to the curriculum: cannabis.
This week, universities released their enrollment figures and high-level curriculum for their cannabis-based courses. They’ve seen unprecedented popularity for these courses, which fill up quickly. Its clear students are interested in the subject.
Cannabis brought in $11.8 billion in the US in 2018 alone. There’s been tremendous job growth in this new economy, but there’s a problem: a lack of qualified professionals. Cannabis businesses need strong, informed leaders, and since the industry is so new, those professionals are in short supply.
As more states legalize recreational cannabis, universities are flexing to the realities of the economy. These institutions are vying to become the go-to university for all things cannabis.
San Diego City College
This college currently offers 2 credit hours covering the business of cannabis. The college is making headlines because this course is the first publicly-subsidized course on cannabis in California.
Since legal cannabis adds 10,000 jobs to California every year, SDCC wants to show students not only the business of growing cannabis but how to run a dispensary and choosing support businesses legally.
The University of Denver
UD also offers business courses on the cannabis trade. This includes coursework on the ethics of cannabis, diving into federal versus state cannabis laws. The goal is to prepare Colorado’s college graduates for a career on the business side of cannabis, which is projected to bring in nearly $2 billion a year by 2025.
Northern Michigan University
NMU is different because they offer a chemistry major for cannabis. This came about because the state needed qualified chemists who could study cannabis safety and quality. NMU aims to fill this gap by educating chemists in botany and chemistry, which has attracted students from across the country.
As the first semester winds down, colleges are hopeful for 2020 enrollment in these cannabis courses, which are already getting massive interest from students. This is a sign of hope and opportunity for cannabis, which may soon have a large pool of qualified leaders to run better, more profitable businesses.
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