Since licensed sales of recreational cannabis became legal in New Jersey in 2022, career opportunities in the billion-dollar industry have grown rapidly—and some colleges and universities in the state are getting in on the action.
New Jersey’s Cannabis Apprenticeship Training Initiative—one of the nation’s first programs dedicated to training workers in the growing cannabis retail field—is gearing up to welcome its first group of 20 students this summer.
A pilot program uniquely presented by a broad consortium committed to workforce development in the state, the Cannabis Apprenticeship Training Initiative will provide industry-specific training for employees in the cannabis retail sector. The apprenticeship program is unregistered because cannabis currently is not legal at the federal level.
Rowan University and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development are collaborating on an apprentice program to help people learn the skills necessary for a career in the state’s marijuana industry.
Officials with both say this is a great way for people to get started on a new career.
While Rowan University could offer more specific details for students, they are limited mainly due to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, which still apply to universities in states with legalization.
New Jersey’s Rowan University has launched an Institute for Cannabis Research, Policy, and Workforce Development which is designed to assist and advise lawmakers, healthcare professionals, businesses, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies on cannabis and cannabis policy.
The institute includes the Center for Cannabinoid Science & Therapeutics; Social-Behavioral, Security & Law Enforcement Cannabis Center; and Center for Cannabis Workforce Development.
“At worst it will be on a referendum question in November of next year,” Murphy said. “I hope like heck that we can get something done in the so-called lame duck session.”
Adubato was the guest host on “The Joe Piscopo Show” this morning.
Murphy said Republicans are misconstruing his comments at Rowan University about New Jersey not being the right state for one issue voters whose issue is the tax rate.