Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is partnering with Green Flower to offer four cannabis certifications, NBC News Boston reports. It is the first partnership between the cannabis education company and a Massachusetts college.
Green Flower CEO Max Simon told NBC News Boston that the company is excited about the partnership because Massachusetts “is really one of the best in the country in terms of economic growth, in terms of career opportunity and in terms of just acceptance within the space.”
“The Massachusetts market is growing so fast from a cannabis perspective and that really needs well-trained people to be able to supply the industry with high-quality talent.” — Simon to NBC News Boston
The four programs offered through WPI are cannabis healthcare and medicine; cannabis law and policy; the business of cannabis; and cannabis agriculture and horticulture.
Anita Mattson, WPI’s head of Chemistry and Biochemistry, told NBC News Boston that the college would not be dealing with THC-rich cannabis on campus – which would likely put the school’s federal funding in jeopardy – rather, students would work with hemp plants, which are federally legal.
“But all of the skills and techniques people will be learning on the hemp is exactly the same you would need for any aspect of the cannabis industry,” she said in the report.
The classes cost $2,950 each and run for six months.
According to the Green Flower website, the company now partners with 18 colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
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