Major cannabis research activity is ramping up across the US
As time goes by and as the great benefits of cannabis are understood, many entities have seen a great interest in forming some sort of department specialized in the research of this famous plant. Stockton University in New Jersey has been a clear recent example. Last Thursday, the school’s officials announced the creation of the Cannabis and Hemp Research Institute at Stockton, CHRIS for short.
The main objective of the institute is to be able to provide all types of education, research, and resources needed for the local and national market regarding the production and processing of cannabis and hemp. This definitely fits well in a state that has made great strides towards the legalization of recreational marijuana, such as New Jersey. CHRIS will also greatly support the creation of community partnerships to provide training, education, and employment opportunities for those who have been incarcerated due to the cannabis issue.
Stockton associate professor of biology Ekaterina Sedia said, “There is so much public confusion about cannabis and hemp, and the topic affects so many different areas. Through our research and education, we want to be a leader both in academia and in assisting businesses and local communities as the industry grows.”
In order to get off to a good start, the first CHRIS event is planned to be a Cannabis Curriculum Convention. This will bring together cannabis educators from across the country to pool their expertise and discuss strategies for a better approach to cannabis education. This convention will take place virtually on the 21 and 22 of this month.