This cannabis certificate program will help students become equipped with knowledge for cannabis indoor, outdoor, and large-scale field production; classification of subspecies and varieties, biology, propagation, planting, pest management, and harvesting of target compounds and products.
The online Cannabis Certificate is designed to provide students with an understanding of the cannabis classification system, including subspecies and varieties, and proper management practices for target compounds and products.
Understanding cannabis biology and taxonomic classification is critical for proper management practices for the production of essential oils, psychoactive compounds, fiber, and seed oil and protein, and applications of those products. Discrepancies between scientific and vernacular names of cannabis and the inconsistency of vernacular names mislead producers and consumers.
“The central tenet of this entire program is to achieve targeted outcomes that will elevate a community that has been sidelined, blocked out, stifled, alienated, and even forgotten because of the devastating and adverse impact of the U.S.’s historical war on drugs and associated cannabis policies,” said Dr. Alicia Reid.
“The legal cannabis industry is New York City’s most promising economic development opportunity. It will employ tens of thousands of people and generate hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue. So the entire City and the whole industry should be grateful to the courageous folks at the MEC Cannabis Education Task Force for being ahead of the curve–for having the foresight to create the mechanism that will provide this new workforce and industry with the skills it will need to rise to its full potential,” said DeAngelo.
“Education will play a critical role in driving social equity within the cannabis industry. As the fastest growing industry in the U.S., it is full of opportunity, and a skilled workforce was needed yesterday. It’s a shame that universities have shied away from teaching the skills necessary for success. We are so proud of MEC for being a leader in this effort. We hope their bravery and hard work will blaze a trail for other institutions to follow. The work MEC is doing is very aligned with Cookies U, and we hope to partner with them on this meaningful initiative,” said Berner, visionary co-founder and CEO of Cookies.
“Medgar Evers College has designed a truly comprehensive academic, entrepreneurial and community-oriented program to address the future of the legal cannabis marketplace. Most importantly, Medgar Evers has embodied the moral imperative that a legal cannabis market and industry include measures that provide restorative justice to communities that have been marginalized and abused by nearly a century of cannabis prohibition. Medgar Evers is pioneering an approach to developing the cannabis industry from within the community to further empower and provide a potent voice for the community. I’m delighted and in awe of the countless hours of selfless work that has resulted in this elegant, powerful, and thoroughly needed template for the future of cannabis education and empowerment in New York and beyond,” said Hugh O’Beirne, co-founder and director of the Cannabis Advisory Group.
“Our foundation, Gotham Gives, is committed to doing right for the people who have been affected by over 50 years of bad drug policies. Education is the most important initiative needed to achieve a measure of social justice. MEC’s comprehensive education, entrepreneurship, and advocacy program is exactly what is needed to prepare community members for success in the ever-growing cannabis field. The graduates of these programs will enter the cannabis industry at multiple levels. We are thrilled to support MEC for being a visionary in this field, creating a cannabis curriculum in an industry that will have a major impact on our economy in the decades to come,” said Joanne Wilson, co-founder of Gotham Gives.
“In theory, the New York Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) has the framework to create one of the most progressive and equitable legal cannabis industries in the country. But the State’s best-laid plans come with the caveat that would-be cannabis entrepreneurs of color will be asked to compete directly with groups who have had police-free access to develop and study cannabis production models for the better part of the last decade. MEC’s cannabis program represents a crucial step in equipping our communities with the academic toolkit to navigate the myriad of opportunities presented under legalization. I’m grateful to play a small role in this effort and to empower the next generation of New York’s premier cannabis horticulturalists and entrepreneurs,” said Fagon.
Echoing the program’s central tenet, cannabis legacy guru Branson said, “For the cannabis industry to be truly equitable black and brown community members require substantial cannabis education and pipeline opportunities. I am extremely pleased that MEC has taken into consideration all aspects of the cannabis industry towards developing a holistic program that will facilitate much-needed social equity gains in the cannabis space.”