Majoring in marijuana: Michigan universities expand their degree programs

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Marijuana is moving from the dorm room to the classroom at Michigan universities.

Two universities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are the first in the state to add cannabis-focused degree programs to their offerings.

In Marquette, Northern Michigan University — which first launched its Medicinal Plant Chemistry program in 2017 — is expanding its lab space to be able to grow and conduct research on hemp as more students enroll. The program has grown from 0 to 240 students enrolled in two years, with a large incoming class promised for fall 2019.

Across the U.P. in Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Superior State University recently announced it would be launching both a Cannabis Chemistryand Cannabis Business majors in fall 2019. Students can earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the chemistry program, and can earn a bachelor’s degree in the business program.

“Never in someone’s life does a huge market almost overnight become legalized and available,” said Lake Superior State University President Rodney Hanley, in an interview with MLive. “In terms of cannabis, you almost have a market that’s been parachuting into various states and there’s no education in how to work within that marketplace. There’s a tremendous opportunity to focus on the business side of cannabis.” [Read more at Michigan Live]

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