Recreational marijuana isn’t even legal yet in New York; but that is not stopping one state school from adding cannabis industry as a minor, according to WSYR-TV, a local Syracuse outlet. Clearly, SUNY Morrisville is anticipating legalization of the adult-use market on the heels of Governor Cuomo’s clarion call for it. (New York legalized medical cannabis in 2014).
The program will focus on growing the plant, providing a framework of study that will enable students to understand the science behind production. Speaking to the media outlet, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, an assistant professor of agricultural science at the school, explained the rationale behind the program, which SUNY Morrisville hopes to roll out in time for the fall 2019 semester, “We’re an ag[riculture]and technical college. Our job is to train the workers that are on the ground in the workforce and that’s our goal, that’s what we’re doing. So, if these jobs are going to be there, we need to make sure our graduates are the ones filling those positions.”
Drawing heavily upon the school’s existing curricula in agricultural engineering, science and horticulture, the program will be tailor-made for the serious-minded. In other words, stoners need not apply.
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