Southern Illinois University to study hemp and cannabis

Illinois’ farmers of tomorrow will soon get the opportunity to learn more about the cultivation of industrial hemp and marijuana. Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is establishing courses that will teach students how to become a viable part of the cannabis trade. SUI’s colleges of science and agricultural science will oversee the program, and it will cover the various facets of the scene, including plant biology, engineering, business and ecology, according to the Chicago Tribune.



The university has been working for years to develop a syllabus in this field. The idea is to give the state’s farming community the competitive edge when it comes to industrial hemp and all things marijuana. After all, the state is progressing nicely on cannabis reform. It already has a comprehensive medical marijuana program in place, and depending on how the November election shakes out there is a real possibility that recreational

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