One college in Israel just joined the ranks of other schools across the globe that currently offer a degree in medical cannabis.
According to the The Jerusalem Post, the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College is the first in the country to offer an undergraduate degree specializing in medical cannabis. The courses offered to students will focus on production of cannabis, medicine and pharmacology, and cannabis economics and law. “The goal of the program is to train graduates in new professions in the field of medical cannabis while academizing the field,” said Dr. Efrat Barel, head of the new program. “The extensive educational base will enable graduates to understand all required aspects, and their integration into the workforce will bring added value to the sector.”
Students will also receive hands-on experience in the program, as they will be able to work at cannabis farms and production plants. They will also attend cannabis seminars. “The cannabis industry today is what the cyber industry was 10 years ago,” said Yezreel Valley College President Prof. Itzhak Harpaz. “Israel needs and can lead this industry, too. This industry is already characterized by many new ventures and technologies, and it is already clear that its economic potential can reach tens of billions of dollars. We are proud to be the first to develop an academic specialization in the field of medical cannabis. Considering the significant impact that this industry will have on the Israeli economy in the coming years, skilled professionals are required to enter the field of medical cannabis and progress alongside it,” Harpaz said.
This school isn’t the first to offer a degree in cannabis. A school in Maryland here in the U.S. is currently offering such a program, and even prestigious universities like Harvard are now engaging in cannabis research.