Lake Superior State University became the first college in the nation to offer a cannabis-related chemistry scholarship Monday.
The scholarship is an annual $1,200 allotment funded by Steadfast Labs, a research facility in Michigan.
Applicants living in the Oakland or Wayne Counties, where Steadfast operates, will have a higher priority.
While other colleges already offer classes that focus on the use and legality of cannabis, LSSU offers full degrees in cannabis production, cannabis business and cannabis chemistry.
LSSU’s School of Science and Medicine, which offers degrees ranging in bio-chemistry to forensic chemistry, describes its cannabis chemistry program as a quantitative analysis of the drug and related compounds such as THC, CBD and terpenes.
Graduates from LSSU’s chemistry programs are nearly 100 percent employed across public and private sectors. The cannabis industry alone is projected to create at least half a million jobs by 2022.
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