Louisville, Kentucky-based Sullivan University announced on Tuesday that it will offer an Introduction to Cannabis Studies course online for the coming semester. Dr. Tonnie L. Renfro, chair of Social and Behavioral Science at Sullivan described the course as “broad coverage” of the psychological, social, economic, and legal issues related to the plant and the burgeoning industry.
“While the social implications of the industry and the interest in the topic is becoming very important in academic research and as a field of study, the course is intended to be academic and objectively focused without attempting to be involved in any social movement. The course can be important for many students in various programs, as a general education elective, giving an additional choice for students.” – Renfro in a statement
The Kentucky House approved a medical cannabis legalization bill in February. The proposal was assigned to the state Senate Judiciary Committee in March; however, committee chairman Sen. Whitney Westerfield indicated that the measure wouldn’t get a hearing until he was “OK with it.”
Kentucky does allow hemp cultivation and manufacturing and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) was one of the key lawmakers behind the push for federal hemp legalization in 2018.
The Sullivan University cannabis course’s learning outcomes include the culture of cannabis use, ethical social, and legal impacts of cannabis, media depictions of cannabis, sociological and psychological theories associated with cannabis culture, social perceptions of cannabis normalization, social controls relative to cannabis use, and the emergence of the modern cannabis industry in the U.S.