Marijuana is becoming more supported across the U.S. and college students who want to learn about the industry will soon have the opportunity to do so at Western Illinois University and Colorado State University.
Growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall, according to school officials.
The university announced that its school of agriculture in Macomb is acting on interest officials expressed in such a class before adult-use marijuana became legal in January.
A minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by Western Illinois’ department of biological sciences.
According to the school of agriculture director Andy Baker, faculty members are still working on partnerships with hemp producers and those in the recreational and medical marijuana businesses.
“There’s certainly enough hemp producers in the state that (students) could get experience working in the field,” Baker remarked. “There’s going to be some opportunities and we’re still developing those relationships.”
Bakers is expecting class sizes of 20 to 30 students.
Colorado State University is also expected to launch its program this fall at its Pueblo campus south of Denver according to an article from the Denver Post.
“It’s a rigorous degree geared toward the increasing demand coming about because of the cannabis industry,” College of Science and Mathematics dean David Lehmpuhl said. “Hemp and marijuana has really come to the forefront in a lot of economic sectors in the country. We’re not pro-cannabis or anti-cannabis. What we’re about will be the science, and training students to look at that science.”
Officials have said that the curriculum would be similar to double-majoring in biology and chemistry.