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SUNY Erie Community College launching cannabis products studies program this fall

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-23 18:45:56-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — SUNY Erie Community College says it will launch a cannabis product studies program this fall as part of its Biotechnological Science degree.

This comes as New York State lawmakers passed a bill to legalize adult use of marijuana back in March.

The program will help graduates seek positions as cannabis technicians which would include the following responsibilities

  • equipment operation
  • product quality control
  • pest management

"We are going to be graduating people when (cannabis related) business is really taking off," Bill Nichols, instructor at ECC, said.

The school says cannabis will not be grown as part of the program but students will learn the basics which include plant horticulture and handling cut plant tissue.

You can find more information on the degree by clicking here or by calling (716) 851-1322.

ECC will join NCCC as another local institution offering cannabis related classes. In addition to their horticulture classes, NCCC offers Culinary Cannabis courses.

"It explores the plant from a botanical point and all aspects of that and how to cook with it," Josh Blumberg, Assistant VP of Academic Affairs, said.

NCCC has offered the class once last year, and is planning to offer it again.

"We're anticipating growing and opening another section," Blumberg said.

For more information on what NCCC can offer, visit the website here.