URI to offer program in cannabis studies

The seven week, online course will fall under the College of Pharmacy.

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) –  Starting this fall, URI students will be able to get certified in cannabis studies.

“You don’t even have to be a science major to enter,” said Professor Navindra Seeram.

The seven week, online course will fall under the College of Pharmacy.

Students will get to know the science behind the marijuana industry, as well as the business side of growing and dispensing.

“We see this program as also debunking myths that are prevalent right now in the industry,” said Seeram.

Students will be able to learn how to create their own marijuana products and manage a dispensary, among other things.

“We see students who are coming in – they could either be people who are working in the industry, people who are just interested in sales in the dispensary, management and lab techniques,” explained Seeram.

The certificate program comes as a way to to keep up with the need for jobs in the cannabis industry. According to the proposal for the program, cannabis jobs are set to soon outpace jobs in healthcare and in tech.

“Industry is expanding and exploding I think,” said Seeram.

Though there are similar programs offered at universities around the country, Professor Seeram notes this is the first of its kind certificate program which is completely online and doesn’t require a prior degree.

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