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“This is an industry that’s going through a wave of professionalization, but has all these thorny, complex issues around racial equity, that’s also really intersecting. And because of those intersections, we thought it would make a lot of sense to hold it at Yale,” says Lee pointing to the school’s historic emphasis on social justice. The conference is expected to draw 300 and will include students from Yale’s School of Forestry, Public Health and Law schools.

Plant scientist Sierra McDonald at work inside The Giving Tree Wellness Center

Lilach Power Mazor, CEO and cofounder of The Giving Tree Wellness Center is on the hunt for highly . [+] educated hires.

Power sees hiring university graduates, especially those with scientific degrees, as the logical next step in the rapidly professionalizing world of weed.

“Individuals who want to have an impact on sustainability, in gender equality, in racial equity can make a career in cannabis and have a large impact,” explained Marks.

“For cultivation, I look for students with a degree related to agriculture. Not many universities let us post for their students so we post on farm job sites. For extraction, I will look for someone with a chemistry or biology degree and background. So we post on LinkedIn and university sites. For inventory, I look for MBA and supply management degrees and so on,” Power says, adding she is currently looking for a business school grad to step into the role of Chief Financial Officer.

And she is far from the only executive in the space looking for new hires with advanced science and business degrees. As the legal marijuana industry matures across 30 states in the U.S., there is growing demand for these skills. Last fall, Northern Michigan University became the first accredited undergraduate program to offer a four-year degree in Medicinal Plant Chemistry which combines the science and business of medical marijuana. More and more, cannabis companies are seeking the best talent from top schools according to the cannabis recruiting firm, Vangst.

Although companies will not be formally recruiting at the event, Lee says she hopes it will be an impetus to build up a network and pipeline for MBA students into cannabis, just like any other industry.

Horticulture degree growing weed

Learning will take place year-round, thanks to the indoor growing capabilities at our Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) Greenhouse featuring various hydroponics systems, as well as at our certified organic Four Seasons Farm. Our Horticulture Center also features a wide variety of amenities, including tissue culture labs and grow rooms.

SUNY Morrisville is extremely excited to be at the forefront of educating students on the cannabis industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors of the horticulture/agriculture industry in New York State and nationwide.

After launching a special project learning opportunity during the Spring 2019 semester that explored the growing methods of cannabis, SUNY Morrisville will begin offering a Cannabis Industry minor in the 2019 fall semester.

One of the first of its kind in New York State, the minor provides students a vast understanding of the cannabis industry by combining portions of our agricultural science, horticulture and business programs. It also allows students the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest, including cannabis botany, production and processing techniques, and marketing capabilities and evaluations.

And best of all, hands-on instruction will be taught by our expert faculty members, including the lead professors of our hemp program, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, assistant professor of agricultural science, and Kelly Hennigan, associate professor of horticulture and chair of the Division of Animal & Plant Sciences & Agricultural Business

As SUNY Morrisville also continues to be pioneers in the revitalization of industrial hemp in New York State, similar teaching concepts will be implemented into the 15-credit Cannabis Industry minor curriculum. Hemp plants, which are very similar to the marijuana plant but lack the levels of THC that cause psychoactive effects, will be used to study cultivation techniques.

While being open to all students, the Cannabis Industry minor aligns perfectly with students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in horticulture, agriculture and natural science.