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Private Nebraska University Offers Cannabis Certificate Program

Nebraska’s Doane University is launching an online program to train students for work in the cannabis industry, despite Nebraska’s lack of a legal cannabis industry.

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Doane University, a private university based in Crete, Nebraska, is launching an online Professional Cannabis Certificate Program – the first of its kind in the state. The program is expected to launch this fall.

According to a press release, “Cannabis Science and Industries: Seeds to Needs” is a series of three online courses designed by cannabis industry experts and faculty with PhD and MD credentials. It’s designed for students interested in cannabis industry careers, including cultivators, processors, marketing, business, finance, and administration.

The foundation for the course curriculum was designed by Dr. Andrea Holmes, professor of chemistry at Doane, who worked at Colorado state-certified AgriScience Labs during a sabbatical in the 2018-2019 academic year, and Amanda McKinney, M.D., associate dean of health sciences and executive director of the Institute for Human and Planetary Health at Doane.

“Cannabis has been studied in-depth and much is published in medical literature on the benefits that can be provided from some of its component molecules. While not a ‘cure-all’, cannabinoids can and should be used as they are safe and efficacious for many disorders.” – McKinney, in a press release

Holmes described the program as “based on innovation, advancement of science, [and] cutting edge pedagogy,” adding that it would expand over time based on industry growth and changes in federal laws.

Doane faculty from other departments will have access to courses from the cannabis program to add to their curriculum.

Nebraska has neither medical nor recreational cannabis programs.

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