Northern Michigan University offers marijuana degree: “Not easy at all”

Northern Michigan University offers marijuana degree: “Not easy at all”

Published on 10/14/17

Less than 10 years ago the state of Michigan legalized the use of medical marijauna, now the University of Michigan has a major based around the chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing, and finance of the plant's growing industry. Other universities offer classes on cannabis polcy and law but this program focuses on the all around industry through a 4 year degree. With the confusion surrounding the changing cannabis laws it's important to have educated adults in the industry who understand how it works and why.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported . The program combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance.

University officials say the program fills a need because 29 states have legalized medical marijuana, including eight states where marijuana is also legal for recreational use.

“Many of the states are legalizing different substances and they’re really looking for quality people to do the chemistry and the science,” said university trustee James Haveman. “And it’s the university’s responsibility to produce those kinds of students for those kinds of jobs.”

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