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    March 31st, 2019adminArticles

    Louisiana pharmacists permitted to dispense medical marijuana and patients waiting for it demanded Monday that state regulators allow therapeutic cannabis to reach shelves by May 15, and one of the growers said it hopes to have a “limited” supply by

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    March 31st, 2019adminArticles

    SHARON — A statewide tour to hear what Pennsylvanians think of marijuana legalization came to Mercer County, with local residents coming out to share their opinions.

    To get a feel for what Pennsylvanians think on the subject, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman

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    March 31st, 2019adminArticles

    Higher Learning: More US Colleges Adding Marijuana to Their Study Programs




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    College student Grace DeNoya is used to people laughing when they learn what she is studying. Her degree centers on the marijuana plant — an intoxicating drug that is illegal in many parts of the world.

    “I say, ‘No, it’s a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It’s hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear,” the 27 year old told the Associated Press.

    DeNoya is one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. The school, known as NMU, is one of an increasing number of colleges and universities that are preparing graduates for careers growing, researching and selling the plants.

    Schools are answering changes related to the legalization of marijuana in the United States. It is legal for medical purposes in 33 states, and for non-medical use in 10. Lawmakers in other states are considering making marijuana legal.

    At the same time, industries supporting legal marijuana are expanding across North America. As a result, research shows the future is bright for all kinds of careers in cannabis – the family of plants that includes marijuana and its non-drug relative, hemp.

    Jobs include growers and store operators, and even producers of cannabis-based foods. People can also work as sales specialists, laboratory directors and pharmaceutical researchers.

    Arcview Market Research reports on the cannabis industry. The organization estimates the industry will support 467,000 jobs by 2022.

    In this February 14, 2019 photo, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, left, assistant professor of agriculture at State University of New York, Morrisville, and Kelly Hennigan, who is author of the cannabis minor and chair of the Horticulture Department.

    In this February 14, 2019 photo, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, left, assistant professor of agriculture at State University of New York, Morrisville, and Kelly Hennigan, who is author of the cannabis minor and chair of the Horticulture Department.

    A ‘fast track’ to the cannabis industry

    Brandon Canfield is a chemistry professor at NMU, where Grace DeNoya goes to school. Two years ago, he proposed a new degree program in medicinal plant chemistry. The idea came after he attended a cannabis industry conference. There, industry representatives spoke of an urgent need for chemists to produce quality tests for cannabis products.

    “We’re providing a fast track to get into the industry,” said Canfield.

    NMU’s four-year degree is the closest thing to a degree in marijuana at an accredited university in the United States. It has drawn nearly 300 students from 48 states, Canfield said.

    Students will not grow marijuana, which Michigan voters only recently legalized for non-medical use. But Canfield said students will learn to measure and produce medicinal substances from plants such as St. John’s Wort and ginseng. They can then use that knowledge with marijuana.

    A similar program is being launched at Minot State University in North Dakota this spring. The college said students will learn laboratory skills related to medical marijuana.

    NMU professor Brandon Canfield noted that students who study marijuana could find jobs paying $70,000 right out of school. Those wishing to start their own businesses can add classes in accounting, legal issues and marketing.

    “I came in planning to … maybe go work in a [laboratory],” said Grace DeNoya. She noted she was first considering nursing school when she heard about the NMU program. “I just switched to the entrepreneurial track. I figured that would better position me, as the industry is still expanding and changing and growing so much.”

    In this February 14, 2019 photo, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, assistant professor at the State University of New York Morrisville displays some cannabis seeds at the university in Morrisville, New York.

    In this February 14, 2019 photo, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, assistant professor at the State University of New York Morrisville displays some cannabis seeds at the university in Morrisville, New York.

    Other schools are getting in on the action

    Colleges are creating many different offerings to answer the expected growth in cannabis-related jobs. Colorado State University offers a cannabis studies program centering on social, legal, political and health effects. Ohio State University, Harvard, the University of Denver and Vanderbilt University offer classes on marijuana policy and law.

    The University of California Los Angeles has launched a Cannabis Research Initiative. The school claims it is one of the first academic programs in the world centering on the study of cannabis. Researchers there are currently looking at issues such as medical treatments and economic effects.

    Agricultural schools are also getting in on the action. The University of Connecticut is launching a cannabis growing program this spring.

    Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins is an assistant professor at the State University of New York in Morrisville. The central New York school is launching a new program in cannabis studies this year. Students work with hemp and other plants rather than marijuana. But they can do internships at medical marijuana companies, Jenkins said.

    Colton Welch is an agriculture business student going through Morrisville’s cannabis program. He points out how many uses the plant has.

    “I see a lot more farmers reaching out and trying to find people who know about this new crop,” he said.

    New York legislators are moving to legalize non-medical use of marijuana. The state’s first legal hemp production was collected in 2016 under a Morrisville research permit, which gave rise to the new cannabis program.

    Karson Humiston is the head of Vangst, an employment agency specializing in cannabis jobs. She said the future looks good for students in this area.

    “More jobs are being created in this space than in any other space in North America, with salaries sometimes more competitive than other industries,” Humiston said. “With every new state that legalizes, tons of jobs are opening up.”

    I’m Dorothy Gundy. And I’m Pete Musto.

    Mary Esch reported on this story for the Associated Press. Pete Musto adapted it for VOA Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.

    We want to hear from you. How common is cannabis research at colleges and universities in your country? Write to us in the Comments Section.

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    Words in This Story

    intoxicatingadj. causing someone to be unable to think and behave normally

    degreen. an official document and title that is given to someone who has successfully completed a series of classes at a college or university

    graduate(s) – n. a person who has earned a degree or diploma from a school, college, or university

    pharmaceuticaladj. of or relating to the production and sale of drugs and medicine

    fast track n. a process or way of proceeding that produces a desired result quickly

    accreditedadj. proven good enough to be given official approval

    entrepreneurialadj. of or relating to starting a business and being willing to risk loss in order to make money

    academicadj. of or relating to schools and education

    internship(s) – n. a position as a student or recent graduate who works for a period of time at a job in order to get experience

    salaries n. amount of money that employees are paid each year

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    March 31st, 2019adminArticles

    As the debate regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in New York continues, CBD — a safe, legal oil collected from the cannabis plant — has become a popular product of choice for people interested in relaxing or treating bodily

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    March 30th, 2019adminArticles

    With a bill to legalize recreational marijuana effectively on the backburner for the foreseeable future, Gov. Phil Murphy said he wants to expand the state’s

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    March 30th, 2019adminArticles

    As Europe’s biggest cannabis investor conference kicks off in Berlin on Sunday, the most important topic will be the future cultivation of the plant in Germany, according to German Hemp Association (DHV) Chief Executive Georg Wurth. He finds it rather pathetic

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    March 30th, 2019adminArticles

    State regulators say sales of medical marijuana in Rhode Island are continuing to hit new highs.

    Regulator Norman Birenbaum says Rhode Island’s three medical marijuana dispensaries are on pace to sell about $56 million worth of medicinal pot in fiscal 2019.

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    March 30th, 2019adminArticles

    Looks like another celebrity is entering the retail cannabis fray. This time, it’s actor/writer/producer Seth Rogen who announced earlier this week on Twitter that he’s launching his own cannabis company Houseplant following “five years

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    March 30th, 2019adminArticles

    The cannabis industry is starting to bloom in Oklahoma, and more and more dispensaries are opening up shop in the state.

    While the people of Oklahoma voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, people are still learning about the various ways

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