Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is offering a cannabis studies program to their academic repertoire, instructing courses in several areas including cannabis in healthcare, agriculture, law and policy, and licensing to sell the product.
The university will partner with Green Flower, a leading global cannabis education provider, to construct a curriculum geared toward the agricultural and business acumen of the industry. While recreational marijuana is still illegal in Florida, medicinal strains are allowed by law and sold at state-approved dispensaries.
“The business of cannabis is one of the fastest-growing new market opportunities in the world that is desperately in need of well-trained talent,” said Max Simon, Founder and CEO of Green Flower. “These schools starting their programs now will have a first-mover advantage in their region and will not only help their students get great jobs but they will also be seen as thought leaders and industry pioneers.”
Green Flower previously partnered with five other colleges, including the University of San Diego and Northwest Missouri State University, though FAU will be the first in Florida to include the set of programs.
“Cannabis skills are in demand,” says FAU, “The cannabis industry is creating thousands of exciting career opportunities in Florida, and nationally, yet a significant shortage of qualified professionals exists. FAU Center for Online and Continuing Education now offers the highest quality college programs with focused instruction from top experts in the cannabis industry.”
The medical marijuana market in Florida created nearly 15,000 new jobs in 2020 and employs an estimated 31,444 state residents, while recording nearly $1.23 billion in marijuana sales in 2020, according to the report posted by Leafly and Whitney Economics. Florida’s sales were higher than every state except California and Colorado, where marijuana legal recreationally as well as medicinally.
“The Green Flower certificate programs have long been considered the best in the cannabis industry,” said Simon. “It is exciting to see their successful curriculum expanded to include these new partnerships with leading colleges. I know many of our clients across the U.S. will place a high value on job candidates that have completed the new Green Flower college courses and can demonstrate a strong understanding of cannabis business at the start of their careers.”