New Jersey University Makes A Major Marijuana Play By Letting Students Minor In Cannabis Studies

Stockton University has joined a host of other post-secondary institutions across the country that hope to prepare students for the emerging cannabis industry.

This fall, the south New Jersey-based Stockton University will become one of the first institutions of higher learning to offer classes on cannabis in the Garden State. Taking the form of a 'Cannabis Studies' minor, students are required to take classes including 'History of Cannabis' and 'Cannabis Law.'

As Kathy Sedia - coordinator of the new program - says the new cannabis industry offers many opportunities for students.

"It's an industry that is developing and certainly there are a lot of possibilities and new jobs," Sedia told WNYC. "Oftentimes, colleges get criticized for not offering students real-life skills and that certainly is going to be a life skill regardless of whether New Jersey stops at medical or goes to the recreational side of it."

Aside from the core classes, students will be able to choose from a selection of other, intersecting interests, from medicine to criminal justice to business.

The program also includes an internship at various sectors in the industry. Sedia believes that whether NJ moves to legalize recreational cannabis sales, or sticks with a medical-only system, students enrolling in their new program should be well prepared for a job in the industry.

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