Colleges and universities are adding new cannabis courses to the curriculum to prepare students for jobs in the budding industry. And they don’t just offer similar lessons on the history of weed.
Online Excelsior College is marketing new Master of Marijuana courses leading to a Graduate Certificate in “Cannabis Control”, as well as expansion of undergraduate courses.
“We are in space to educate people about the cannabis industry. Cannabis will be a multi-billion industry in New York City by 2025, ”Scott Dolan, dean of the graduate program at Excelsior College, told The Post.
Marijuana is expected to be sold in local stores and pot stores within the next year.
Dolan said graduate students will learn the complexities in which the marijuana industry will have to operate, including complying with many government regulations.
Besides direct pot producers, suppliers and sellers, he said accountants, lawyers, healthcare professionals and insurance professionals would benefit from courses on social equity, environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility. and public finances.
There are also legal issues that need to be resolved.
“Marijuana is still illegal federally,” noted Dolan.
Weed is also emerging as a breeding ground for New York’s public university systems, whose colleges offer degrees in agriculture and law, biology, medicine, and business.
Currently, 10 different SUNY campuses offer courses related to the marijuana and hemp industries.
The number of cannabis courses, certificates, and training and diploma programs offered to students will “absolutely” increase to match students with new jobs in the emerging marijuana industry, SUNY Chancellor James Malatras said.
“Our mission is to provide access for students to meet the demand for labor,” Malatras said in an interview on Sunday.
“It’s not a simple question. It’s a radical change in the law, ”added Malatras.
SUNY’s Farmingdale campus offers a new cannabis production and management certificate, which was just approved by the state’s education department in February.
Meanwhile, Morrisville College in upstate SUNY has launched a 15-credit minor degree program in the cannabis industry, first launched in fall 2019.
Stony Brook U. also offers a biology course titled “Cannabis: History, Cultivation, Science and Medicinal Uses,” while the Horticulture Program at Finger Lakes Community College has just added the Cannabis Biology and Cultivation course to his journey.
New York’s flagship private colleges are also seeing opportunities in the grass.
NYU’s Stern School Business has launched a CannaBusiness for Students and Alumni that “will provide unprecedented access to industry professionals and corporate sponsors through networking events and organized career panels. by Stern, ”says the school’s website.
Meanwhile, Ithaca-based Cornell University, which has a strong agricultural research program supporting the farm-rich north of the state, offers a course called “Cannabis: Biology, Society, and Industry.”