A College Major in Marijuana? Yes, It’s a Thing.

With one state after another embracing the legalization of medical or recreational cannabis, an increasing number of colleges are offering cannabis studies as a specialty.

UC Davis famously introduced "Physiology of Cannabis” courses in 2017 and now other universities are going even further with majors applicable to the cannabis industry.

Northern Michigan University is currently offering one of the most comprehensive programs related to cannabis — a four-year study in medicinal plant chemistry. Minot State University in North Dakota is offering a similar major.

Additionally, “Colorado State University offers a cannabis studies minor focusing on social, legal, political and health impacts. Ohio State University, Harvard, the University of Denver and Vanderbilt offer classes on marijuana policy and law,” CBS Philly reports.

That’s not all. A cannabis horticultural program is also slated for the University of Connecticut in spring. Lake Superior State University is now offering a bachelor's degree with a major in cannabis chemistry, plus an associate's degree in cannabis science. And Jefferson University in Philadelphia is allowing students to pursue the nation’s first ever master’s degree in cannabis studies

As marijuana’s political and economic clout continues to grow, so too will the academic programs being offered. That’s sure to make for interesting conversations at the family dinner table.


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