Dear bookworm: First you need to ask yourself what you’re good at and what you want to do with the plant. Higher education has come a long way in the past five years, and even major universities offer studies related to cannabis hospitality, science, politics, journalism and more. Although most of them are isolated courses, Colorado State University-Pueblo offers degrees in cannabis research and science and will soon have a hemp farming program. However, your best bet is always to get a degree that is relevant to your interests or skills and then apply that to cannabis. Most of the smart people I meet in the industry have applied what they’ve learned from graduating in Marketing, Chemistry, Agriculture, Engineering, or Business to cannabis, and then let their passion carry it through.
If there is a cannabis-centric course that relates to your business, like the Cannabis Hospitality Courses at Metropolitan State University in Denver, then take advantage, but the Cannabis courses are not an integral part. of a path to industry. It’s not as if most of the current legal pot participants were taking college courses on the subject six years ago.
Cannabis-specific classes outside of college can last a day or several months, depending on how deep you want to go. These are generally intended for cultivation, quarrying and other work that directly affects or relates to the plant, and although they can be a useful step in industry or towards promotion, they probably won’t get you further than an entry-level position unless you also have notable experience or valuable connections.
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