Legalised marijuana across America has proved beneficial, not only because it allows access to the long thought dangerous but now not so much cannabis, but also it has shown Americans that they aren’t stuck in their ways and that the country has the capability to get past it’s flaws and actually change. The latest change that cannabis has brought is to University, where students should now be able to get a better insight into the plant that may become the wonder-drug of tomorrow
The relentless march of legalised pot across the US has spawned a raft of cannabis-linked courses at colleges across the country. Cannabis is already big business, with Wall Street piling into an industry that experts say could be worth $21 billion by 2021, and now it’s being given an academic makeover.
Northern Michigan University is the first to offer a dedicated four-year science of cannabis course.
Already there are 50 students – and another 500 looking to enroll – on the course, which encompasses, the properties of the drug and how it reacts to pesticides, among other things.
“What we have done is take pieces from various curricula which are out there and packaged them into a four-year undergraduate programme,” said Brandon Canfield, associate professor of chemistry.
Some graduates will move on to work in laboratories, while others will set themselves up as entrepreneurs growing or dispensing the drug.
The University of California, Davis, has launched an undergraduate course on the physiology of cannabis, which attracted 55 students.
“We are concerned that students don’t have the proper education on the scientific aspect of cannabis and I thought that my scientific background would enable me to offer the course,” said Yu-Fung Lin, associate professor at the university’s department of physiology and membrane biology.
Some of those on the course hope their knowledge will be useful as they train to become doctors or pharmacists in a country where medicinal cannabis is now legal in more than half the states. Recreational use is also authorised in eight, including California.
Meanwhile, the Daniel College of Business at the University of Denver offers a course for potential marijuana moguls.
Paul Seaborn, an assistant professor teaches “the business of marijuana” which covers strategy, finance, marketing and ethics.
“We have students pursuing employment in the industry and alumni wanting to invest in it. Given that Colorado was one of the first two states to legalise the use of cannabis, we were in a good place.
“Our approach is to take a broad overview of the business of marijuana.”
A number of law schools are also offering dedicated courses helping students keep up with fast-moving legal changes.
Last week Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general, complicated matters by announcing he intends to reverse the Obama administration’s hands-off approach to states that have legalised marijuana.
It is a change which has left pot entrepreneurs in legal limbo, which is helping fuel demand for specialised lawyers.
“We were the first people out there,” said Marc Ross, a lawyer in New York who teaches a cannabis course at Hofstra University.
“I have 25 on my course and 40 on the waiting list. At first, people were studying it out of intellectual curiosity. Now more than half the class looks at this as an investment.”
“It’s good for classroom discussion and gets students interested in things they might not be interested in, such as tax.
“It’s intellectual candy.”
Vince Sliwoski, professor of cannabis law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Oregon, remembers that it took less than 10 minutes for the course to be fully subscribed.
“It was the fastest I have ever seen, it’s not me, it is the subject.”
Original post from TheTelegraph