Cleveland School of Cannabis First Cannabis College in the Country to Receive Accreditation

The Cleveland School of Cannabis announced it received accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education’s Middle States Association-Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

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The Cleveland School of Cannabis has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, becoming the first cannabis-focused school in the U.S. to receive accreditation from the Middle States Association-Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).  

The decision was made in December but the college made the official announcement last week. 

In a press release, the college said it has already graduated more than 1,100 students. 

“This formal recognition could pave the way for further advancements in cannabis research, education, and professional development, bridging the gap between the burgeoning cannabis market and academic legitimacy.” — Cleveland School of Cannabis in a press release 

The college notes that the accreditation comes amidst an expansion, having recently moved into a new building with a hands-on cultivation laboratory, processing lab, kitchen, mock dispensary, and virtual reality lab. The VR lab is meant to bring all of the college’s experiences to its online student population through VR and gaming engines, the college said.  

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Education told The Repository that the agency recognizes accrediting agencies as part of the criteria for financial aid, it does not mean the college is eligible to participate in such programs and “is not approved by the Department to participate in Title IV or other programs under the Higher Education Act.” 

Cleveland School of Cannabis President Tyrone Russell said he hopes the accreditation will lead to financial aid availability for students in the future.      

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