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University of Minnesota To Offer Cannabis Course

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An undergraduate course focused on cannabis will be offered by the University of Minnesota (UM) this fall, says Minnesota Daily. It will cover a wide variety of marijuana-related topics including its biological aspects, applications and, social and legislative bearing.

Reportedly, the course will be named “The Science of Cannabis.” It will be launched under the university’s Department of Agronomy and Plant genetics to educate students about various issues faced by the plant and its community.

This comes after the successful approval process conducted by UM. Assistant professor Mary Brakke, who will be teaching the class, noted that the approval process was more complicated than in other subjects. This is because the institution has to perform additional evaluations before it allowed the class to push through.

The reason for this long process is due to UM official’s concerns about losing federal research funding. Minnesota Daily noted that the matter was turned over to the institutions’ legal counsel to assess the legality of teaching the course. Upon evaluation, the Office of the General Counsel reviewed the issue.

It was approved for teaching just this July. Aside from Brakke, Peter Morrell and other faculty members will be teaching the course.

Part of the success of the class is the students’ clamor for cannabis-related education. According to Minnesota Daily, students expressed interest in learning about the industry and request for the class has been mounting over the past few years.

Brakke remarked that these students find the idea of working in the sector appealing. With this class, she aims to open up opportunities for students to explore the field with guidance from individuals who are familiar with the topic. Brakke says that the increasing acceptance and legalization of the plant unveils a good number of employment and career opportunities for those interested.

Morrell emphasized that The Science of Cannabis will be looking into the ways “science drives public policy” on local and federal levels. The assistant professor remarked that this has always been “a challenge with the cannabis industry” as there is insufficient literature on the matter.

The proposal saw several alterations after the evaluation done by the Office of the general counsel. This aims to work around federal restrictions, says Morrell. One of the most important revision was to ensure that cultivating the plant is not included in the lessons.

Other education institution like the University of Maryland already announced their graduate program on medical cannabis a few months back. Meanwhile, medical cannabis has been legal in Minnesota for some time now, along with over 30 other states.

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Why More Universities are Offering Cannabis Courses

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As the cannabis industry booms, it comes as no surprise that more and more colleges and universities are expressing interest in what the field can offer. After all, this particular sector can pave the way for more cannabis-centered careers that not only add more value to the industry but also further the research and advancements in the field. With emerging CBD oil effects and even more benefits, it appears that the demand is far from over.

The increasing legal sales throughout the globe is a testament to this. As a matter of fact, Forbes revealed that a new study by New Frontier Data predicts that legal sales of cannabis products are slated to reach an all-time high at nearly $30 billion come 2025. In the next years, the sales of legal cannabis products are projected to climb steadily at 14%.

With these figures, it’s not surprising that the educational sector sees marijuana as the future of business, especially with the varying fields and possibilities it can offer. To touch base with the current demand, universities and colleges alike are delving deeper into the system and are one by one coming up with their respective programs.

Cannabis Courses and Programs in Universities

Some schools that have already launched programs include the Colorado State University’s Pueblo Campus to offer Cannabis Biology and Chemistry, Commercial Cannabis Production Program in Niagara College, Cannabiz: Exploring the Legalized Cannabis Industry from Ohio State University, University of Washington’s Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain program, Cannabis Law from Harvard, and many more. Those who have yet to include such offerings plan to do so within the next few months, reveals a study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Almost all of these programs help students and other interested individuals into further learning and studying about hemp and marijuana properties, cannabidiol and other compounds, as well as the proper CBD dosage in products. More than exposing learners to the science of this plant, these educational courses and programs are preparing individuals for the business aspect and the ever-evolving nature of the industry.

The incorporation of these cannabis-centric courses shows that the stigma typically associated with marijuana is slowly diminishing. Backed by facts and figures, as well as countless researches and studies on the field, there is a sure sign that more people are seeing the benefits of marijuana and different CBD oil uses.

Reasons for Offering These Courses

While there is a rise of businesses in the marijuana sector – no doubt as a means to answer the growing demands of the industry – there remains a major whole in the educational aspects and opportunities afforded to individuals from this business. Not to mention, there is still a lack of preparation for people who are interested to venture and who are currently venturing into this field.

Though CNBC reports that some industry insiders are quick to dismiss individuals with academic background and knowledge on the subject, it cannot be denied that further skills and information acquired through education can give birth to explorations in wider fields. In addition, such education can also provide students with more career opportunities.

In fact, one of the main reasons why colleges and universities in the United States have jumped on this trend is because there is an increasing need for professionals and employees who have proper know-how on the subject. Moreover, there is a need for medical professionals who can safely advise patients on how to use medical marijuana products in their treatment.

At the same time, education in this budding industry offers unparalleled learnings that change the trajectory not just of marijuana use and awareness, but also other CBD oil products made over time.

The Bottom Line

Whether you intend to pursue your college education with these courses at the helm or simply further your knowledge on the field, there is an expansive choice of universities and topics to choose from. As the success of the cannabis industry continues to soar, so can you expect to see more courses and degree programs popping up in the future.

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Returned Cannabis Products Becoming a Million-Dollar Problem

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For Canopy Growth Corp., the mounting number of cannabis products returned to them is quickly proving to be a huge issue in Canada. Currently, the company is dealing with $26.9 million worth of returned products.

In a conference attended by investors and analysts last November, the company said that it was handling $20.5 million worth of items returned by provincial retailers. It also announced during the meeting that they were expecting another batch amounting to $6.4 million. Prior to the conference, the Ontario-based firm has also suffered from a writedown of $8 million because of items that went unsold.

According to CTV News, the issue of returned cannabis items is a “little-discussed” matter. Companies are forced to deal with items that are returned to them by retailers. Grounds for returns cover a wide range of reasons including lack of sales, consumer complaints, and quality issues. However, experts remarked that returns usually come from the side of sellers instead of consumers.

The report noted that analysts have difficulty determining return rates as provincial retailers and companies have varying systems for tracking such activities. Moreover, some of their organizations do not declare their numbers.

Reasons Behind the Returned Cannabis Products

Referring to the $8-million returns, Canopy vice president of communications Jordan Sinclair said that the oil and gel capsules were returned due to lack of sales. He noted that the products “didn’t catch on in the recreational market as quickly as [they] had anticipated in part due to slower store rollout.”

While this resulted in the writedown, Sinclair emphasized that the industry is a new arena for players in the market. Because of this, the company sees this issue as “natural friction” and is an avenue for learning about customer and retailer feedback.

In finding out the reason for the significant return impact, experts are looking into the number of players in the market. There has been a “predicted oversupply” of products since the legalization of the plant and infused products.

Meanwhile, the report said that the lack of sales is just one part of the problem. Other causes include voluntary recalls due to quality and legal issues. The late arrival of products leading to the retailers’ failure to deliver the items is also another source of returns. Moreover, damages and wrong delivery both contribute to return rates.

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Colorado State University to Offer Cannabis Degree Program

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The Colorado State University will be unveiling a new bachelor’s of science degree program in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry. The program will be made available to CSU-Pueblo after it has been approved by state officials last Friday, February 7, 2020. The program is slated to be made available come the fall 2020 semester.

The program is considered one of the pioneer offerings in the country. According to CSU-Pueblo Officials, “the new major is a pro-active response to a rapidly changing national scene regarding the cannabis plant.”

The program’s impending launch comes as the marijuana industry is undergoing heightened success and demand in the field.

The cannabis-centric course will be offered to undergraduate students who have expressed their interest to venture into the cannabis industry. Apart from studying the growing sector, the course will also allow students access to a laboratory designed to grow industrial hemp, providing means for students to work with cannabidiol (CBD).

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Moreover, the program will also gear its course towards the study of hemp plants and their genetic makeup. Besides this, the program will also provide courses in biochemistry, genetics, and neurobiology. Analytical chemistry will also be a core offering, says Newsweek, which focuses on the rightful components and concentrations of CBD-based products on the market.

College of Science and Mathematics dean, Dean Lehmpuhi said, “It’s a rigorous degree geared toward the increasing demand coming about because of the cannabis industry.”

Dean Lehmpuhi also said, “Hemp and marijuana [have] really come to the forefront in a lot of economic sectors in the country. We’re not pro-cannabis or anti-cannabis. What we’re about will be the science, and training students to look at that science.”

Opportunities after the Cannabis Degree Program at Colorado State University

Students who graduated from the course may enter cannabis and hemp industries, as well as work in the government. In addition, graduates may also find careers in “a wide variety of businesses outside of the cannabis industry,” including agriculture and environmental sciences.

The proposal made by CSU-Pueblo said, “Educating students who are capable of understanding cannabis science is required for the industry in all its aspects to be effective and safe for the consumer.”

Upon the program’s launch, the Colorado State University-Pueblo officials reveal that they anticipate around 60 students to enroll within 4 years. The Colorado Department of Higher Education is also positive that its decision could pave way for cannabis-centric degrees to be offered in other Colorado colleges.

Prior to this, other educational institutions such as the University of Maryland, and Lake Superior State University has already started their Cannabis degree programs last 2019.

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