US (NY): "We are providing the skills necessary in this fast-growing, new industry"

Just a few years ago, it was little more than an idea. Today, now that adult-use cannabis has been legalized in New York State, it’s a reality. A Cannabis Minor Degree Program is up and running at Medgar Evers— the first degree of its kind in the entire CUNY system. The program aims to provide students with the business skills and insight necessary to get in on one of the country’s fastest-growing new industries.

On Saturday, the Medgar Evers community took the opportunity to spread the word about the new Cannabis program at an outdoor showcase on Crown Street in Crown Heights. The event featured live music, DJ sets, food trucks, and panel discussions on topics like women in cannabis, the War on Drugs, urban cultivation, and more.

The Cannabis Minor Degree program launched in the fall of 2021, offering students 13 newly developed courses in four different tracks — health, business, testing/formulation, and growing — to receive their cannabis studies minor.

“This program was built, and it sounds cliché, but with blood, sweat, and tears,” Dr. Reid said. “A lot of other institutions, they paid consultants to build their programs. We did not do that. We spent the time, with industry, working on what topics they wanted to see covered, what skill sets they needed their prospective employees to have.”

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