Despite evidence of a “green rush” in the cannabis industry, you’ll have to work hard and be patient. Very few people become quick-minted millionaires over the course of just a few months. But with a fair amount of persistence and a realistic outlook, enrolling in a cannabis studies program or class could be the first step in a long, successful career.
The good news is that public universities hold regional accreditation, meaning that cannabis classes and degrees fall under that general accreditation status. Accreditation — or lack thereof — mainly becomes an issue with for-profit schools, which are notorious for charging exorbitant tuition fees and deceiving students.
“Center leadership has to pay close attention to both state and federal regulations, especially as they evolve, to communicate to campus researchers what they can and cannot do to advance knowledge and understanding in this field,” said Perry King, executive analyst for the vice chancellor at the UC Davis Office of Research.
Should You Get a Cannabis Degree?
Published on April 20, 2021 · Updated on January 12, 2022
“[Cannabis] course[s] and degree-track programs … are certainly going to spur more interest in the field as a career and will help drive innovation that could create all sorts of additional opportunities.”
Examples of Accredited Cannabis Programs
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More universities are designing cannabis-related programs to prepare students for this budding industry. Northern Michigan University established the first four-year degree in medicinal plant chemistry in 2017. Since then, cannabis colleges, degrees, and courses have cropped up around the country.
As Deputy Director of NORML Canada—the nation’s longest-standing cannabis reform advocacy non-profit—I believe it is of utmost importance that relevant, ethical, high standard resources are available in our communities order to create and maintain a healthy cannabis industry. As a member of the Program Advisory Committee in consultation with the Centennial College Cannabis Cultivation and Processing program, I can attest that this program is devised based on the input from a diverse set of industry experts. This Centennial College program is geared to those who wish to learn about cannabis cultivation, and will empower students with the knowledge and skills to enter the legal cannabis industry."
-Abigail Sampson, Board Member, NICHE Canada, Program Advisory Committee participant to Centennial College
Employment opportunities in this industry are growing. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work as a cultivation technician, production technician, operations assistant, marketing assistant, and sanitation technician.
Students must be 19 years or older.
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"The Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Program at Centennial College gives students an extensive overview of the legal cannabis landscape in Canada. From the history of cannabis prohibition and roots of medicinal cannabis access to the regulations and processes that make up the current legal framework, the programs’ curriculum has been structured to ensure students have a strong understanding of the past, present and future of the cannabis space. With opportunities for both theoretical and practical learning, graduates can expect to be well equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the dynamic cannabis industry."