MACOMB, Ill. (AP) – The art of growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall, school officials announced Monday.

The university’s school of agriculture in Macomb is acting on interest officials expressed in such a class before adult-use marijuana became legal in January. The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by Western Illinois’ department of biological sciences.

School of agriculture director Andy Baker says faculty members are still working on partnerships with hemp producers and those in the recreational and medical marijuana businesses.

“There’s certainly enough hemp producers in the state that (students) could get experience working in the field,” Baker said. “There’s going to be some opportunities and we’re still developing those relationships.”

Bakers says he anticipating class sizes of 20 to 30 students, adding that in addition to graduating marijuana growers, there is a new bureau for cannabis regulation in the Illinois Department of Agriculture. That means there are going to be new employment opportunities in the state.

Recreational marijuana sales in Illinois totaled nearly $40 million in the first month, according to state officials.

The post University to offer cannabis-growing minor appeared first on GreenState.

above article cited from greenstate com

The Right Education

Before you invest your time & money, have the knowledge and confidence for success. We offer a variety of eLearning solutions to help you meet your training goals. From grower certifications to dispensary management training, Green Culture ED eLearning solution is the right education for you.

 

#1 Source for Training Strategies

20% Off Master Grower Certification limited time!


Seed Delivery

Sensible Seeds has been delivering cannabis seeds for over 20 years. They have relationships with breeders, and established seed banks such as Sensi Seeds, and Big Buddha Seeds. When you buy marijuana seeds from Sensible, you know you are in safe hands.