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US university offers world’s first marijuana degree

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Students in the four-year Medicinal Plant Chemistry program at Northern Michigan University won’t be getting high or growing their own plants – they’ll take classes covering everything from biology and chemistry to marketing.

It may sound strange, but legal ‘pot’ is one of the fastest-growing industry.  29 US states have legalised medicinal cannabis, while nine allow small amounts of marijuana for adult use, with Forbes magazine forecasting the sale of recreational marijuana will grow to $11.2 billion by 2020.

There’s been plenty of interest in the program too, according to its head associate professor of chemistry Brandon Canfield.

“We’re receiving all sorts of calls and emails expressing interest in the program from retirees all the way down to your traditional first-time freshman,” he said.

He also says they’ve got a long list of local licensed businesses who want to take the students for internship programs.

Just no potheads or slackers.

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Annie Donaldson

With a background in nursing, Annie has spent over 20 years working in the health industry, including the coordination of medical support for international TV productions and major stadium events, plus education campaigns with a number of national health organisations. In recent years, she has also taken time out of the workforce to be a full-time carer, giving her first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of this role.


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