With the growing popularity and legalization of marijuana, especially in Michigan, I can't say I'm surprised to learn that colleges are now offering programs dedicated to the devil's lettuce, the ganja, the reefer, if you will.

As reported by CBS News, Lake Superior State University originally started the Cannabis Center of Excellence in 2019 to scientifically analyze and determine the safety of cannabis products. They're the first in the nation to do so. And now, they're expanding that program by offering a scholarship.

The annual scholarship is worth $1,200 and there are specific qualifications, if you're interested. Applicants must:

  • Be pursuing a career in cannabis chemistry
  • Be at least a sophomore
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

There are a few other qualifications which you can see here.

On average, out of pocket tuition costs for Lake Superior State University range from $333 - $630 per credit hour, according to their website. A scholarship of $1200 could definitely be a big help.

The school is also collaborating with Steadfast Labs, a Michigan based facility that specifically test cannabis used medically to ensure that it's safe. They look for things like pesticides and something called mycotoxins which is simply defined as any toxic substance produced by a fungus. And yes, I absolutely had to google that.

Of course, the fact that testing exists for marijuana products makes sense...it's just something that has never crossed my mind. The testing done Steadfast Labs is pretty interesting. Read more about it here.

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With more and more states legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana, scholarships surrounding the testing, production, and anything else related to marijuana will, more than likely, become popular. But, Lake Superior State University will always be the first. If you, your teen, or someone you know is interested in the cannabis chemistry program you can find information on applying here.

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