Saint Louis University’s Graduate Program for Cannabis
by Gabrielle Caravetta
SLU’s online cannabis science certification program totaled 80 students back in August 2020 and that number has now surpassed 300 this year. The university now anticipates adding a cannabis graduate program.
A report from Fortune Business Insights projects the global cannabis market to reach over $197 billion by 2028. St. Louis University Director of Cannabis Operations Stacy Godlewski saw this as an opportunity.
Godlewski said, “We were approached by a couple of different dispensaries and CEOs and we quickly learned that there was a need for educating the future workforce of this rapidly growing industry.” She explained that in the program they look at “manufacturing, dispensing, the history and the economics behind it. They move into cultivation, they then move into the extraction of cannabis, they go into compliance and dispensing, and then they go into the pharmacological properties of cannabis.”
Following the completion of the one-year certification course at SLU, many will take jobs in dispensaries like Proper Cannabis in St. Louis with CEO John Pennington.
“We’ve hired about 20 people through SLU’s program and I think our employees fall in almost every spectrum of our business,” said Pennington. “Cultivation, manufacturing, which is where we make various products, post-harvest, interacting with the plant after harvest and I believe we have a couple on the retail side.”
Pennington also said they’ve had almost 7,000 people apply for jobs and as the industry continues to grow, wages will only become more competitive. The company offers full benefits and plans on rolling out a 401k plan next year.
Saint Louis University will be launching a new Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutic Management certificate program in January.