One might joke about getting a “degree in marijuana” (you can probably think of a few set-ups for that joke) but it has actually become a thing. Colorado State University has announced that it plans to offer a degree in cannabis at its Pueblo campus
The degree will fall under the Biology and Chemistry and program will focus on the science necessary to work in the cannabis field and emphasize natural products and analytical chemistry. The University will start offering the degree in Fall.
A handful of other universities already offer some sort of degree in cannabis including Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., and Minot State University in Minot, N.D., both offer bachelor’s degrees in medicinal plant chemistry. There are graduate degrees across the country, too — the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy offers a master’s program in medical cannabis science and therapeutics.
And more than a handful now of universities around the US offer cannabis specific courses from science, to law, to journalism. Vanderbilt Law School now offers a course on Marijuana Law and Policy, in which they examine the intricacies of legalization and regulation. At the University of Denver and the University of Connecticut students can take cannabis journalism classes.