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Careers in Cannabis are Expanding. Here’s the Education You’ll Need to Succeed.

Degrees to Get When You Want a Career in Cannabis

Medical marijuana is doing more for Missouri residents than administering relief to those with a valid medical marijuana card. The cannabis industry is providing income to families, currently employing nearly 5,000 Missourians. The state’s cannabis industry is on course to bring in 200 million dollars in 2021. As growth continues, so will opportunities for employment in the burgeoning marijuana field.

If you’re considering a career in the cannabis industry, there are several college degrees and certificate programs designed to put you on track for a career in the field. Here are some education paths that could have you experimenting with marijuana in college in a totally different way than your parents did:

Medicinal Plant Chemistry

This Bachelor’s program from Northern Michigan University is designed specifically for those looking to experiment with the scientific possibilities presented by the legalization of marijuana. This unique new program combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing, and finance.

Similarly, Minot State University offers a four year degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry, with a focus on both the cannabis and craft brewing industries.

Cannabis Law

The legalization status of marijuana - both medical and recreational - varies state by state, and the changing landscape is creating a demand for legal professionals that can navigate the industry’s developing regulations.

Legal programs from the certificate level all the way through Harvard Law School are offering courses on marijuana regulations. If you’re considering a career in the legal field, there’s never been a better time to specialize in cannabis.

Cannabis Production

Western Illinois University is the only school in Missouri’s neighboring Illinois to offer a minor in Cannabis Production. The program offers eighteen credit hours of cannabis-focused education, with courses that include cannabis anatomy, physiology, post-harvest processing, and breeding.


The cannabis industry in America is already bringing in billions, and marijuana legalization is still in its infancy. As dispensaries and name-brand manufacturers begin to emerge, the opportunities to market cannabis products are set to open up doors for those who specialize in marketing and advertising.

While we weren’t able to find a marketing degree plan that focuses specifically on cannabis, learning the effective tools of this trade with an eye on the emerging field of marijuana could allow you to focus your education on a career in cannabis advertising.

Cannabis Biology and Chemistry

Colorado has been a pioneer in the cannabis field, so it’s no surprise to see Colorado State University’s Pueblo campus offering this Bachelor of Science program that focuses on cannabis physiology and growth, pharmaceutical implications of marijuana, and practical application for the cannabis industry.

Various Cannabis Specialty Certificates

If you’re applying for a job in the cannabis field, one thing that could set you above other candidates is a strong knowledge-base. If you already have a college degree, but are looking to expand your expertise into the marijuana field without spending four more years at a university, a certificate program may be just what you’re looking for.

Training centers such as The Medical Cannabis Institute, Cleveland School of Cannabis, and Holistic Cannabis Academy offer more affordable certificate programs with a focus on a variety of specialties in the marijuana industry. Some areas of study include Cooking with Cannabis, Introduction to Growing, Hydroponics, Clinical Cannabis Applications, as well as executive courses for marijuana entrepreneurs.

Missouri-specific Resources

Many degree and certificate programs exist all over the United States, but there are plenty of options for Missourians to find education and employment opportunities in the cannabis field without leaving the state.

Educational options include cannabis-specific certificate programs through Northwest Missouri State University, St. Louis University, and a State Compliance Certification through Cannabis Community College (you read that name right).

For job opportunities in the cannabis industry, Highlight Staffing and Staffed Up are helping place people in positions in the marijuana field. Many of these positions are temporary, but have the possibility of leading to a full time position.

You don’t need a degree to get relief.

If you need help getting your medical marijuana card, our staff of physicians specialize in getting you there. Our staff are standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.


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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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