A Michigan university is giving scholarships in cannabis chemistry to students and the university website suggests that because of the rise in the cannabis industry more than 500,000 jobs will be created by the year 2022.
A Michigan University has become the first university to offer a Cannabis chemistry scholarship.
Reportedly 15 states in the US, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes among adults as a result of increasing pressure for the Democrats and other campaigners to decriminalize the drug.
As the drug has now become legal, educational institutes in the US have been experimenting with the drug ever since 2019 and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, became the first campus in the country to open a cannabis chemistry program. Now, Steadfast Labs in Hazel Park is offering scholarships.
The university is offering scholarships and has also has set up a cannabis testing lab, thus providing an annual scholarship worth $1,200 to the students, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The LSSU website explains: ‘Do you enjoy being on the forefront of emerging markets and technologies? So do we! LSSU’s Cannabis Chemistry is the first degree program in the United States focusing on the quantitative analysis of cannabis related compounds and contaminants including THC, CBD, terpenes, etc.’
Dr. Steven Johnson, dean of the College of Science and the Environment at LSSU, said the donation from Steadfast Labs ‘not only continues our trendsetting ways in this vital new field but also makes our already affordable tuition even more reasonable.’
In a press release, he said: ‘By funding this scholarship, Steadfast Labs again demonstrates their commitment to supporting future chemists who will enter the workforce and provide public safety in the cannabis field.’
Johnson added: ‘We are training students to become leaders in the emerging field of cannabis analysis. In this unique program students handle and analyse actual cannabis plant material and not surrogate material. Graduates will be chemists, first and foremost, trained in industry standards of cannabis analysis.’
It follows LSSU’s opening of the Cannabis Centre of Excellence in 2020, a 2,600-square-foot cannabis facility. LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley told CBS News: ‘The scholarship reinforces key components of our vision statement: being vanguard-focused and driving social mobility.’
Avram Zallen, founder and CEO of Steadfast Labs, also said: ‘It is our great pleasure to grant this unprecedented scholarship for a cutting-edge program in an innovative industry. This grant is another opportunity for Steadfast to help LSSU students pursue careers in this exciting and important industry.’
It is estimated that the university will create around 500,000 more jobs as a result of the rising cannabis industry by the year 2022.
The university website says that both sophomores and upperclassmen with a GPA of 3.0 or higher can apply, but preference will be given to local students in Wayne and Oakland County due to the location of Steadfast Labs.