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Northern Michigan University Now Offering Degree in Cannabis Chemistry

Northern Michigan University Now Offering Degree in Cannabis Chemistry

“All of our graduates are going to be qualified to be analysts in a lab setting”

With so many states legalizing marijuana, this is actually an up and coming field. You might call it a budding industry.

The Hill reports:

Michigan college launches four-year degree in cannabis chemistry

Hundreds of students have given the term higher education a new meaning, enrolling in a four-year degree in medicinal plant chemistry, The Associated Press reported Monday.

The news outlet reported that nearly 300 students are majoring in the subject at Northern Michigan University. The area of study was first introduced roughly two years ago, and other colleges have since launched similar programs.

Professor Brandon Canfield, who proposed the major, told the AP that students in the Northern Michigan program won’t grow marijuana, but will instead learn how to measure and extract medical compounds from plants like St. John’s Wort and apply those skills to marijuana.

“All of our graduates are going to be qualified to be analysts in a lab setting,” Canfield told the AP, highlighting the boon seen in jobs in the cannabis industry.

The AP reported that Minot State University in North Dakota will launch a similar offering this spring, and noted that Ohio State University, Harvard and Vanderbilt each offer classes focused on marijuana policy.

Michigan voters last year approved a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The state joined 10 others and the District of Columbia that have passed such laws.

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Another college education up in smoke.

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