Higher Ed: Cannabis Studies Program To Debut At City College Of San Francisco

A marijuana plant is displayed during the 2016 Cannabis Business Summit & Expo on June 22, 2016 in Oakland, California.
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This is the first of its kind in the nation, according to officials at City College of San Francisco.

The school announced Thursday plans to launch a Cannabis Studies program this upcoming school year, where students can earn their associate degree in the field. Courses will look at the way cannabis influences human behavior like race, gender, policing, among other topics. The new degree expands on individual classes that were already offered on the topic.

City College of San Francisco Adjunct Professor Blayke Barker will be teaching Introduction of Cannabis Studies this semester.

"You could use this degree to then go to a four-year institution and study something like public policy, like sociology, like anthropology, like public health with this as your specialized area," said Jennifer Dawgert Carlin, who oversees the program as the Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department.

She said being in a state like California where marijuana is legal, it just makes sense to offer a full degree program, rather than just a single course.

"San Francisco is the absolute place where we need to be doing all kinds of work around cannabis," she said.

The Cannabis Studies curriculum includes homework, research projects and even a final exam.