WILKES-BARRE, PA – In an effort to grow alongside the booming cannabis industry, Wilkes University is offering a new type of higher education this fall in the form of undergraduate and graduate programs focused on cannabis this coming fall.
According to WNEP, the university, located along the Susquehanna River in eastern Pennsylvania, recently received a permit from the PA Department of Agriculture allowing them to grow hemp on campus.
“The industry has grown dramatically over the last decade with more and more states approving medicinal and recreational use of cannabis products,” said chemistry professor Donald Mencer. “We need people who can properly analyze the products, so the consumer actually knows what they’re getting.”
Marie Roke Thomas, pharmaceutical science department chair at Wilkes, believes the new programs are an exciting opportunity to research the benefits of cannabis.
“When we think about it, cannabis, recreational, over 50 percent of people will give cannabis and CBD to their pets now, and there’s a lot of they take it, children take it to adults. One thing we want to do is we want to make it safe,” Thomas said. “It’ll be very unique in Pennsylvania and because we do have a school of pharmacy, and I think that our pharmacists and our students will be really very well educated, especially when cannabis goes recreational.”
Classes at Wilkes University are set to begin in late August. To learn more about the cannabis programs, you can visit their website.