Cannabis Research Center Opens at Michigan’s Lake Superior State University

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Michigan’s Lake Superior State University (LSSU) launched Cannabis Chemistry and Cannabis Business majors in the fall of 2019, and on Feb. 21, the university held a ribbon cutting for the opening of a new cannabis research center, which will provide hands-on training for students in the Cannabis Chemistry program, according to an MLive.com report.

The 2,600-square-foot Cannabis Center of Excellence will help train undergraduate students through “hands-on, innovative experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation and industry protocols,” the news outlet reported.

LSSU students can earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the chemistry program, and a bachelor’s degree in the business program, according to MLive.com, and graduates from the chemistry program are expected to be in high demand for safety labs and quality assurance positions in the cannabis industry and beyond.

LSSU is not the only Michigan university with cannabis programs, MLive.com reported—Northern Michigan University launched a Medicinal Plant Chemistry program in 2017, and the University of Michigan in 2019 launched PharmSci 420, a course that covers cannabis biology, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, epidemiology and pharmacokinetics.

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