Olive-Harvey College in Pullman, Illinois will offer a first-of-its-kind Associate Degree in Applied Cannabis Studies. The program will include courses in hemp horticulture, cannabis and the law, and basic chemistry. It is designed for students who want to work in the cannabis industry, either as growers or product manufacturers.
The college has set up a state-of-the-art greenhouse on campus that will help students grow and maintain hemp as part of the program. As many as 140 students can be enrolled in the program at a time. After completing the two-year program, students could move on to other STEM-related degrees at a four-year college or university.
There are now 11 community colleges in Illinois that are offering cannabis-related courses, but not yet full degree programs. These schools include Southwestern Illinois College, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Illinois Springfield.
Although these courses offer a good foundation for those interested in pursuing a career in the cannabis industry, they do not yet offer a full degree program. This means that students who want to pursue a career in cannabis will need to look elsewhere for now. Read this article from CBD Oracle to learn which schools offer cannabis degrees and certificates.
According to a Ganjapreneur article, dispensary sales in Illinois have been booming this year, reaching over $1 billion in sales from January to August. This is a significant increase from the sales in 2021, which only reached $1 billion in total. It’s clear that cannabis is becoming an increasingly popular product in Illinois, and the demand is only going to continue to grow.