States With Legal Weed See Increase in College Applications

April 23, 2024 · High Times

States where recreational marijuana has been made legal are seeing upticks in college applications, including from elite students.  That is the takeaway of a study published late last year in the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Economic Policy.  “Using a two-way fixed effects difference-in-differences model, we investigate the effects of local recreational marijuana (RMJ) policy changes on college applications and find that the three largest state public schools reaped, on average, an almost 54% increase in applications,” the authors of the study said in the… Read more.

Naropa University Offering Minor in Psychedelics Studies

April 4, 2024 · High Times

Officials at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado announced last week that the college will offer a minor in psychedelics studies to prepare students for careers related to the class of drugs, which show great therapeutic potential. The new program, which is slated to launch in the fall, is designed to give students a humanities and social science approach to studying psychedelics. The new minor was created for students who wish to study the historical and current applications of psychedelics and… Read more.

NCAA Division I To Vote On Removing Marijuana From Banned Substances List For Student Athletes

January 16, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new collegiate athletics proposal would remove marijuana from the list of substances included in drug screenings for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship competitions, with officials set to vote on the matter in June. Proponents say the approach is consistent with designing rules to focus on reducing harm rather than punishing student athletes. The plan would build on a 2022 change that increased the allowable THC threshold for college athletes, aligning NCAA’s rules with those of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The… Read more.

A Great Football Team or a Dispensary Near Campus? – Seniors with High SAT Scores Gravitate to Schools in Legalized States

January 14, 2024 ·

Colleges located in states where recreational marijuana was legalized within the last decade experienced a noteworthy, albeit transient, surge in applications from high-achieving students. Additionally, there was a general increase in overall application numbers. These are the principal findings from a recent study, which was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Economic Policy. During the year when a specific state legalized recreational marijuana, the respective colleges witnessed a growth in applications of approximately 5.5% more than colleges situated in states… Read more.

Man in Minnesota Offers Free Grow Classes to the Public

December 5, 2023 · high-times

A man in Minnesota is providing free growing and cannabis basics workshops—free to the public—to help people get a foot in the door of the industry. Minnesota allows home cultivation under its recently approved adult-use cannabis law, and residents are eager to see if they have a green thumb. Minnesota adults are allowed to grow up to eight plants, four mature. Growing cannabis takes years of experience to master, but you gotta start somewhere.  Inforum reports that Steve Rosenfeldt, who is the… Read more.

Marijuana Regulators, Stakeholders, Advocates And Opponents Discuss Legalization Landscape At National Academies Meeting

December 1, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

State and local marijuana regulators, industry stakeholders and advocates and opponents of legalization took part in a two-day session hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) this week, sharing their perspectives on evolving cannabis policies. This marked the second NASEM Committee meeting for its “Public Health Consequences of Changes in the Cannabis Policy Landscape” series. In September, the conversation featured representatives of several federal agencies who weighed in on the subject. For this week’s round, many of the… Read more.

Smoker Sesh App Wins Cannabis Start-Up Competition at Boston University

November 17, 2023 · High Times

In last week’s seventh annual Cannabis Start-Up Competition at Boston University (BU) in Massachusetts, on the same night Ohio became the 24th state to legalize adult-use cannabis, a stoner-friendly app JoinME took home the grand prize. It enables users to locate and meet up and join with stoners who share the same goals and interests. Now in its sixth year, the BU alumni-founders behind Green Lion Partners sponsored an annual start-up competition for current BU Terriers and alums who are developing innovative cannabis-adjacent companies. BU… Read more.

Washington State Unveils $200 Million Plan To Address Drug War’s Racially Disparate Harms

November 3, 2023 ·

The Washington State Department of Commerce released a document this week recommending how $200 million should be spent to address racial, economic and social disparities created by the war on drugs. The 92-page Community Reinvestment Plan was developed by the department, the state Office of Equity and the Harriet Tubman Foundation for Safe Passage, which together worked with community members to advise how the reinvestment money should be spent. The plan, paid for out of the state’s general fund, next… Read more.

Ole Miss To Offer Masters Degree Program for Medical Cannabis, Supplements

November 2, 2023 · High Times

The University of Mississippi, commonly known as Ole Miss, will begin offering a masters degree program for medical cannabis research. According to the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss will begin offering the program in late 2024. The online-only program through the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy will focus on the development of medical cannabis products as well as dietary supplements, both of which have experienced an increased pool of users in recent years both in Mississippi and across the country. Director of… Read more.

New York Cannabis Office Releases Fact Sheet To Battle Misinformation About Weed, Fentanyl

October 25, 2023 · High Times

The New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) published a two-page report entitled “Cannabis and Fentanyl: Facts and Unknowns” to demystify the facts and myths of the two substances, specifically that of fentanyl contaminating cannabis. “The goal of this fact sheet is to provide evidence where it is available, to share information about what is currently known and unknown, and to provide safety tips to help alleviate some of these misconceptions, often spread through misinformed media coverage and anecdotal reporting,”… Read more.

Texas University Awarded USDA Grant to Study Hemp as Animal Feed

October 25, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Agricultural scientists at Texas’ Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) have received a $299,162 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to study the use of hemp as animal feed.    The three-year study will be conducted by research scientists from the university’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology and will focus on the nutritional profile of industrial hemp plant biomass byproducts, and their impact on goats, to determine if hemp biomass can… Read more.

Harvard To Create Psychedelics Program

October 17, 2023 · Green Market Report

The Harvard Gazette announced that the venerable Ivy League University will create a Study of Psychedelics in Society and Culture with a multi-million dollar gift from the Gracias Family Foundation. According to the announcement, the study will be interdisciplinary across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring students, faculty, and researchers together around the important issue of how psychedelics impact our society,” said Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter… Read more.

Michigan Bill Would Allow Students to Use Medical Cannabis at School

October 6, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A bill introduced in Michigan seeks to allow students to use medical cannabis at school, CBS News reports. It is the second time the measure, known as Jayden’s Law, has been introduced in the state and supporters say it would allow students to take their medicine without interrupting academic time.    State Rep. Jimmie Wilson Jr. (D), one of the bill’s sponsors, told CBS News that the proposal allows medical cannabis pediatric patients to have their medication in the schools the same way anyone else… Read more.

NCAA Committee Recommends Removing Cannabis from Banned Substances List

September 26, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CMAS) last week recommended removal of cannabis from its list of banned substances for all three divisions, calling instead for a “robust educational strategy.” The organization first announced in June they were considering the reforms.  The committee concluded that removing cannabis from its testing protocols acknowledges the ineffectiveness of existing policy, which includes banning, testing, and penalizing; affirms the role of the NCAA drug-testing program to address only performance-enhancing substances; and… Read more.

NCAA Panel Formally Recommends Removing Marijuana From Banned Substances List For College Athletes

September 24, 2023 ·

A National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) committee is formally recommending that its divisional governing bodies remove marijuana from the list of banned substances list for college athletes. The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports said on Friday that members met this week and decided to advise all three of the association’s governing bodies to introduce and enact legislation to stop testing and punishing players for cannabinoids. This comes three months after the committee first signaled its interest… Read more.

Rushing Back to College for a Degree in…Weed? – Surge in Applicants for Cannabis Education Courses Catches Ohio By Storm

September 15, 2023 ·

After years of preparation, marijuana use for recreational purposes may soon be legalized in Ohio. Since its clearance on August 16th, the proposal has undergone significant evolution and faced various challenges. These challenges include resistance from lawmakers who declined to deliberate on it and the necessity to gather additional valid signatures to meet the ballot qualification criteria. If passed, the proposal would grant individuals aged 21 and above the right to buy, possess, and cultivate up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis… Read more.

St. Cloud University Partners with Green Flower on Cannabis Education Program

August 26, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is the latest college to partner with cannabis education company Green Flower to offer a certificate-based cannabis education program, KNSI reports. The university is the first in the state to offer a cannabis curriculum. Minnesota’s legislature-approved adult-use cannabis program took effect August 1. In a statement, SCSU President Robbyn Wacker said the endeavor is designed to “meet workforce demand to provide educated professionals in this quickly evolving industry.” The courses take about six months to complete and include: Cannabis Agriculture… Read more.

New Mexico Rolls Out ‘Yes & Know’ Cannabis Public Education Campaign

June 10, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

New Mexico is rolling out its first media campaign to educate the public about responsible cannabis use, the Associated Press reports. The “Yes & Know” campaign is centered around the phrase “Yes – cannabis is legal. Know – the rules,” and will be featured on billboards, TV, radio, print, and digital advertisements throughout this month. The ad buy is worth $400,000.  Linda Trujillo, who heads the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, which oversees the cannabis division, told the AP that state officials “recognize… Read more.

SUNY Cobleskill’s minor in cannabis is preparing students for jobs in the industry

April 11, 2023 ·

SUNY Cobleskill is a college geared toward agriculture, farming and sustainability. Students study the ins and outs of agriculture, from animal science to landscape management. The school also has major programs in graphic design technology and the culinary arts. Starting last fall, students from these courses of study have consulted with Lesley Judd to join SUNY-Cobleskill’s newest minor: Cannabis Studies. “Almost every freshman we get here comes to talk to me about interest in doing the minor,” Judd said. “They see… Read more.

SUNY Orange cannabis class stirs the ‘pot’

March 16, 2023 ·

In assistant professor Monty Vacura’s course, students grow, harvest, dry, cure and even sell cannabis plants. This may sound like textbook drug dealing, but it’s actually a three-credit course in SUNY Orange’s biology department. “The class is a balance between workforce development and then the academic education side,” Vacura said. “I mean, basically, it feels like I’ve built a business.” SUNY Orange, in Middletown, launched the Horticultural Cannabis class last year. Students must take general horticulture as a prerequisite, but the… Read more.

Why earn a degree in cannabis?

March 9, 2023 · Bangor Daily

These days, you can’t dismiss someone seeking a career in cannabis as merely an aspiring hippie looking to drift in and out of euphoric, philosophical thoughts fueled by THC. Human use of the cannabis plant dates back thousands of years. Over the millennia, cannabis experienced major changes in popularity and social perception. With recent advancements in research, legislation and public demand, cannabis now plays a significant role in both the economy and society. NORML reported in 2022 that over 428,000 people… Read more.

Yale digs into the science of cannabis

February 23, 2023 · Yale News

As many U.S. states adopt policies that legalize the commercialization of cannabis, Yale School of Medicine recently announced the creation of the new Yale Center for the Science of Cannabis and Cannabinoids, which will investigate the acute and chronic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids on neurodevelopment and mental health. Its inaugural director will be Deepak Cyril D’Souza, the Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry and an expert in the pharmacology of cannabinoids. The new center comes just as retail cannabis sales begins in… Read more.

Oaksterdam: Canna Education at its Finest

January 30, 2023 · Cannabis Now

It’s been a quarter-century since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, cannabis has evolved significantly. The last decade in particular has seen a dramatic shift with regards to reform; most states have legalized the plant for either medicinal and/or adult use. In fact, the legal cannabis industry is now responsible for more than 300,000 full-time jobs in the U.S.   As the landscape changes and the stigma surrounding cannabis wanes, one thing remains clear: Access… Read more.

Illinois Community College Launches State’s First Cannabis Associate Degree Program

October 13, 2022 · Ganjapreneur

Olive-Harvey College in Pullman, Illinois will offer a first-of-its-kind Associate Degree in Applied Cannabis Studies including courses in hemp horticulture, cannabis and the law, and basic chemistry. Pullman, Illinois’ Olive-Harvey College is now offering an associate degree in Applied Cannabis Studies next year, which will make it the first community college in the state to offer a cannabis-focused degree program, WGN9 reports. Courses will include cannabis and the law, hemp horticulture, basic chemistry, and general botany.  Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, Olive-Harvey College president, said… Read more.