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What to Expect
Depending on the institution, cannabis may be offered as a major, minor, certificate program or a class.
Minot State University and Northern Michigan University are two schools providing degrees in medicinal plant chemistry. However, most university offerings tend to be minors and classes at this time.
Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she's majoring in marijuana.
"My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed," said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. "I say, 'No, it's a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It's hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear.'"
When Bridget Hill-Zayat tells friends she teaches cannabis law at Stockton University, she’s often met with surprise and enthusiasm. The class is part of a newly launched program at the New Jersey public university where students can minor in cannabis studies.
“Overall, most people react with interest,” Hill-Zayat said. “It’s a popular industry.”
The first class, cannabis law, originally had 25 seats, but it was expanded to 30, and now there’s a waiting list.
"This is a growing industry and we want to prepare our students from a variety of academic viewpoints," Ekaterina Sedia, a biology professor and the program coordinator for cannabis studies, said in a statement.
Stockton Spokeswoman Diane D'Amico said the 25 students participating in the program will take a cannabis law course this fall, followed by a class on medical marijuana in New Jersey in the spring.