UNR to Offer Nevada’s First Online Marijuana Education Program
RENO, Nevada (AP) – The extended study program at the University of Nevada, Reno launches the first online courses in the state to obtain uncredited certificates in cannabis education ranging from business to horticulture and medicine to help meet the demand for jobs in a field that the sponsors say “is growing like gangbusters.”
Each certificate program consists of three eight-week online courses offered by Green Flower, a professional cannabis training company. The four programs cover the business of the marijuana industry; agriculture and horticulture; law and policy; and health care and medicine.
“It’s a new era,” said Jodi Herzik, acting vice-president for comprehensive studies.
“The industry is changing,” she told the Journal of the Gazette de Reno. “You can’t just have old potheads over the counter, you have to have educated professionals.”
Legal cannabis sales topped $ 1 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 in Nevada, where about 10,000 people work in the industry, the Nevada Dispensary Association reported.
“We’ve been careful to stress that this is strictly education about the industry because there is a need,” Herzik said.
“With the impact of COVID-19 displaced and people looking for new career paths, we thought it might be a good time to try this program,” she said. “Jobs in this area are growing like gangbusters. These are also high paying jobs.
Legal cannabis supports 321,000 full-time jobs nationwide, growing faster than any other industry in the country, according to the Leafly 2021 employment report.
“Such growth has created a large and growing job market, and a tremendous opportunity for the people of Nevada to find rewarding careers,” said Daniel Kalef, vice president of higher education for Green Flower.
Marijuana is still illegal federally, and that includes direct research, consumption, and all other direct use. A majority of states, however, have legalized marijuana to some extent.
Nevada was the third state to approve medical cannabis with the passage of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act in 1998. Nevada residents voted to legalize adult recreational cannabis in 2016.
Herzik said the university had not heavily promoted the program in order to have a smooth launch this month, allowing the school to ensure that it is well suited and does not need no adjustment.
So far, around 30 to 40 potential students have expressed interest, including many from the Las Vegas area and a few other parts of the country, she said.
The first online course session begins on November 15th.
The cost is $ 2,950 per certificate, but the university is offering a special one-time discount of $ 500 to students who register for the November launch. Payment plans are available.
Students will develop a portfolio of case studies and projects that can be used to demonstrate industry-specific cannabis knowledge, Herzik said. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from UNR.
Classes start on six start dates per year and are scheduled to accommodate working professionals, she said.
Registrations are open at https://cannabiseducation.unr.edu.