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"The demand for skilled cannabis professionals has never been higher"

Green Flower announced a significant milestone in its journey: it has now established partnerships for online cannabis education with 50 renowned universities and colleges across the United States, up from just 5 schools in 2020.

This achievement underscores the growing acceptance of cannabis nationwide, the increasing need for an educated and well-trained workforce within the industry, and the wide array of opportunities these programs offer to students looking to contribute to the rapidly evolving cannabis landscape.

Schools like Louisiana State University, Syracuse University, University of California-Riverside, and the University of Arizona are among those in partnership with Green Flower.

"Reaching 50 partnerships—and counting—with prestigious academic institutions in 21 states is a momentous occasion for Green Flower," said Max Simon, CEO of Green Flower. "This exciting milestone affirms our commitment to trusted cannabis education and establishes Green Flower as Higher Education's preferred partner for developing knowledgeable and skilled cannabis professionals in this dynamic industry."

With these partnerships, over 5,000+ students across the nation have gained access to cutting-edge cannabis education, allowing them to specialize in areas such as cultivation, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and policy. The collaboration between Green Flower and these institutions creates a strong foundation for the future leaders of the cannabis industry, enhancing job prospects and fostering innovation.

"The University of California Riverside Extension's innovative partnership with Green Flower offers a cutting-edge yet realistic approach to delivering a strong cannabis education for those looking to switch careers or enhance their current one," said Eric Latham, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at UCR University Extension. "As places of higher learning are looking for opportunities to embrace programs that provide students with viable career path alternatives. We are proud to be one of Green Flower's cannabis education partners. I am not at all surprised to see the success Green Flower has had in striking partnerships with other prestigious schools like UCR."

The cannabis education programs powered by Green Flower allow students to learn from legendary cannabis experts and operators online, and students watch video lessons, complete assignments, and take assessments that gauge their mastery of the topics and skills needed to succeed.

Each university certificate program takes about six months to complete, while the workforce development programs offered largely at community colleges take just nine weeks to finish. In all instances, these online programs are self-paced to allow students to take them in a way that best fits their own schedules. Upon completion, students get access to industry jobs through their partnership with

With cannabis legalization gaining momentum across the country—and with momentum building toward federal legalization—the demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals has never been higher.

"Having heard nothing but good things from our friends at Green Flower's other school partners, we expected a successful launch of our online cannabis education programs," said Abram Hedtke, Executive Director of Professional and Continuing Education at St. Cloud State University, a top school in Minnesota who launched the programs just days after recreational cannabis was legalized in the state in the summer of 2023. "That said, nothing could have prepared us for the immediate, overwhelming interest in these programs from our student population and the positive feedback we have received from those who have already enrolled and taken the courses. With both of our first two cohorts exceeding enrollment goals, we are excited for the continued partnership."

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