As of late 2018, 33 states and the District of Columbia have already passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form. As such, cannabis is becoming a booming business in those areas and beyond. Colleges like Northern Michigan University, Stockton University and Colorado State University are stepping up to help graduates entering this growing industry.
What it entails: Depending on the focus of the programs, students may be required to take courses like medicinal plant chemistry, cannabis law or other studies on cannabis from a social, historical or political perspective.
Job prospects: If full legalization occurred in all 50 states today, there would be an excess of 654,000 jobs, and would increase to 1 million jobs by 2025, according to New Frontier Data, an authority for the cannabis industry. If you are in a state or city that has legalized it (or is about to), your prospects should be solid. From production managers who oversee the growth of product to lawyers, accountants, chemists and botanists, this industry will be in need or all kinds of professionals. There’s even a cannabis-focused Executive Search and Staffing firm called CannabizTeam.