Northern Michigan University is offering a unique and unusual degree programme in Marijuana. According to Detroit Free Press, the university started its medical plant chemistry program with a dozen students this semester. The program is a combination of other subjects as well like chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance. The university is offering a four-year degree course addressing the science and business behind growing marijuana. The university is offering a course for the cultivation and properties of the marijuana herb. There are other universities that offer classes on marijuana policy and law such as Oaksterdam University, Cannabis College, and Humboldt Cannabis College, all in California; and THC University, the Grow School and Clover Leaf University in Denver. These universities offer a variety of disciplines centered on marijuana.
Brandon Canfield, an associate chemistry professor at Northern Michigan said that the program does not require students growing marijuana plant but instead forage and discover other plants that are traditionally recognized with medicinal values similar to marijuana but are not illegal to grow. Students learn to measure and extract compounds from other plants and then utilize that knowledge to marijuana which is used in treatment of various illnesses like chronic pain, nausea, seizures and glaucoma.
Alex Roth, a sophomore in the program said, “When they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, ‘Wow, cool dude. You’re going to get degree growing marijuana, but it’s not an easy degree at all.”’ Brandon Canfield said that he got the idea for the program last year when he was attending the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting in San Diego. Reportedly he said, “It was my off day and I saw there was a cannabis chemistry group that was putting on a whole series of talks. I heard all about