As of April 2021, medical marijuana is legal in 36 states, with recreational use legal in 16 states (and Washington, D.C.). Despite federal prohibitions, which remain in place but seem poised to change, the cannabis business is booming. In the U.S. in 2019, it brought in $13.6 billion in legal revenue and employed more than 340,000 people.
For these reasons, colleges and universities are following the boom—and Inflection, the opinion, editorial, and news analysis journal of AcademicInfluence.com, is tracking their academic response.
Colleges and universities covered that offer courses, certifications, or degrees related to cannabis, hemp, or medicinal plants, either online or on-campus:
- Doane University (Crete, Nebraska)
- Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan)
- Maryland University of Integrative Health (Laurel, Maryland)
- Minot State University (Minot, North Dakota)
- Northern Michigan University (Marquette, Michigan)
- Stockton University (Galloway, New Jersey)
- Unity College (Unity, Maine)
- University of California, Davis (Davis, California)
- University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island)
- University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont)
- University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, Massachusetts)
“As legal restrictions fall like dominoes and legal production skyrockets, the momentum marijuana has in the United States ensures its future as an important area of study and business,” said Dave Tomar, author of the article, and the managing editor of Inflection. “Students interested in building a career in a budding field have a new option to consider. In keeping with our mission, we’re here to help point them to the field’s most influential institutions, people, and resources to help them achieve their educational and career goals.”
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