SLU’s online cannabis science certification program grew from 80 students in 2020 to more than 300 this year. Now, they’re adding a graduate program.
ST. LOUIS — The term ‘higher education’ takes on new meaning as more students enroll in cannabis science programs.
St. Louis University offers a certification in that area, as medical and recreational marijuana continues to be legalized in additional states.
The global cannabis market size was about $20 billion in 2020, based on a report from Fortune Business Insights. It’s projected to grow over $197 billion by 2028.
St. Louis University Director of Cannabis Operations Stacy Godlewski saw that as an opportunity.
“We were approached by a couple of different dispensaries and CEOs and we quickly learned that there was a need for educating the future workforce of this rapidly growing industry,” Godlewski said.
SLU’s cannabis science program started with 80 students in August of 2020. Now, they have over 300 students enrolled.
“They look at manufacturing, dispensing, the history and the economics behind it,” said Godlewski. “They move into cultivation, they then move into the extraction of cannabis, they then go into