(March 24, 2021) ST. LOUIS, MO – BeLeaf Medical is a proud partner of Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies (SPS) in developing the university’s Cannabis Science and Operations certificate. Launched in 2020, the program is designed to train students in all aspects of the cannabis industry and understanding of the pharmacological properties of cannabis.
In 2018, Missourians voted to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. Since then, licenses for the manufacture and sale of medicinal cannabis have been issued nationwide, including 70 in the St. Louis area.
“Legalized cannabis is projected to be a $ 150 billion industry by 2025,” said Tracy Chapman, Ph.D., dean of the SLU’s School for Professional Studies. “In addition to Missouri, thousands of jobs are being created across the country, creating a growing need for skilled workers to support and sustain this fast-growing industry.”
The SLU certificate program is the first of its kind in the country and is taught by professionals from the industry as well as experienced SLU faculties. The program covers all aspects of the medical cannabis industry, including cultivation, manufacture, dispensing, plant science, compliance, and operations. In just eight months, the program has enrolled around 300 students from 35 states and Puerto Rico and continues to grow. The first cohort of students will graduate this summer.
“Partnering with a highly respected university like SLU provides high quality education and preparation for employees, those looking to start careers, and those looking to advance their careers in the industry. Career opportunities are numerous in the cannabis space, and the demand for talent is increasing daily, both at the state and national levels. Certification from an exceptional educational institution like SLU offers great benefits to cannabis owners across the country, ”said Mitch Meyers, CEO of BeLeaf Medical. “A well-trained workforce for this new, expanding industry is very important for starting and growing companies. We sat down with Dean Chapman and her team in 2019 to discuss this plan, share our expertise and have been involved with curriculum and planning ever since. “
About BeLeaf Medical: BeLeaf Medical Company is a leader in the medical cannabis industry in the state of Missouri. With years of experience in multiple states, we are able to bring the very best cannabis flowers and manufactured products to market. We have curated the highest quality genetics of popular flower varieties. Our cultivation facilities use proven high-tech methods to grow medicinal varieties of the highest quality. BeLeaf Medical products are specially designed with medical conditions in mind. To ensure a consistently high quality product, we apply strict Good Manufacturing Practices. BeLeaf Medical Dispensaries offer a variety of products and knowledgeable staff to help customers find the best solutions.
About the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University: Classes at the School for Professional Studies are typically offered in expedited eight-week sessions and are aimed at busy adults with affordable tuition and hands-on online courses. In the tradition of excellence at Saint Louis University, the School for Professional Studies is aimed at students with adult life circumstances to complete Bachelor, Master and Certificate programs from the globally recognized SLU.
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