This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today, and appears here with permission.
As cannabis becomes a more nationally accepted industry, the need for education about the substance is growing. Some universities are now offering cannabis-focused classes, covering its history, uses, and policies.
We spoke with James Wohlleber, a recent graduate from Clark University’s Certificate in Regulatory Affairs for Cannabis Control program, to discover what a university education in cannabis really looks like.
In the fall of 2019, Clark University launched the nation’s first Certificate in Regulatory Affairs for Cannabis Control. This 3-course online program allows students to explore the public policy issues related to the complex industry. As an online program, it is available to students all over the country.
Wohlleber, owner of Certified Cannabis Regulators, shared his enthusiasm as one of the first students to complete the cannabis curriculum: “I got an MBA a couple years ago. And now, I’ve added on to that with this certificate, offered through [Clark University’s] Public Administration Program. I was a member of the inaugural class, which only had 14 people.”
Education and Enforcement
The most critical elements of the certification are educating students on the substance and defining how local laws and policies are enforced.
Owner of Certified Cannabis Regulators James Wohlleber is one of the nation’s first graduates from Clark University’s Certificate in Regulatory Affairs for Cannabis Control program.
This might include topics like: each community has unique purchase limits; some choose not to enforce those limits at all, while others are strictly enforced. Additionally, the smell of cannabis is no longer probable cause to …