With 64 percent of Americans in favor of legalized marijuana, and more and more states making recreational use of weed available without legal recourse, it shouldn鈥檛 come as a surprise that people would want to study everything about marijuana. Well, good news: The University of Northern Michigan wants to help facilitate the fascination with a degree in the science and business behind marijuana.

While other schools, like Harvard and Yale, offer courses about the legality of marijuana sales, this degree program focuses on organic chemistry, biochemistry, soils, biology, gas and liquid chromatography, biostatistics, genetics, accounting, financial management, and perspectives on society 鈥 essentially a how-to from seed to store for Michiganders looking to get into the ready-to-burst legal weed scene in the state.

In states like California and Colorado, there are horticultural schools that offer lessons on proper care for marijuana plants, but nothing that combines science, horticulture, and social studies.

鈥淲hen they hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 鈥榃ow, cool dude. You鈥檙e going to get a degree growing marijuana,鈥欌 student Alex Roth told The Detroit Free Press. 鈥淏ut it鈥檚 not an easy degree at all.鈥

The program has the full support of the school鈥檚 board of trustees too. 鈥淢any of the states are legalizing different substances and they鈥檙e really looking for quality people to do the chemistry and the science,鈥 said NMU trustee James Haveman. 鈥淎nd it鈥檚 the university鈥檚 responsibility to produce those kinds of students for those kinds of jobs.鈥

The Detroit Free Press also notes that the California-based company that鈥檚 been tracking the profits of legal recreational drug sales sees huge potential for more states to go the way of Cali and Colorado.

Arcview Market Research reported $6.8 billion nationally in legal marijuana sales 鈥 both recreational and medicinal 鈥 in the last year, and expects to see the market to grow to $21.6 billion by 2021.

As for Roth鈥檚 desire to study the chemistry behind weed, he was drawn to the courses after a friend鈥檚 two-year-old daughter鈥檚 seizures were only stopped with the use of medical marijuana. And with a national opioid crisis being declared a public health emergency by the President, weed could offer relief without addiction the way that painkillers like Oxycodone do.

鈥淚t is a legitimate medicine and it鈥檚 helping people,鈥 Roth said of his studies. 鈥淎nd that makes it more real for me.鈥

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