Imagine A 4-Year College Degree In Cannabis Entrepreneurship

All aspects of the cannabis industry are growing like a weed. A professor in the business school at Johnson & Wales University has read the tea leaves and believes the legal cannabis industry will continue to grow. Available data shows over $20 billion in revenue from legalized cannabis in 2020 alone and projections suggest it will continue to grow at between 15 to 19% per year. Let’s agree there are a lot of jobs.
The reality that could seriously limit the growth in legal cannabis is how few people are available with the necessary experience to successfully run a legal pot shop. Some of what I’ve heard from our partners is they have people who can assist the customers and work the counters but they really need competent cannabis shop managers. To attempt to solve this very real problem Johnson & Wales University is enrolling student in a Cannabis Entrepreneurship program. The 4-year degree program marries business development with the science of growing cannabis.
Professor Thorrson designed the program and says “There’s nothing – nothing that I’ve come across, in fact worldwide, that compares to this program – that focuses on both the growth and business side.” The current problem is Marijuana is still is a controlled substance and a schedule 1 drug in Rhode Island. The reality is students can’t legally learn how to grow it. The Professor has a work-around and instead teaches students how to grow plants like tomatoes, coleus, hops, and sundew. He explains that “Most of the plants that we are going to be growing are legal plants that simulate the characteristics of cannabis.”
Does this 4 year degree program promote drug use? The professor responded “Well, we’re focusing on legal cannabis retail, what is already legal.” In 2021 most Rhode Island legislators have made it clear they are eager to make recreational pot shops a reality, it’s clear the tide of public perception is turning. People were asked how they would feel if one of their children pursued a cannabis career and the responses ranged from “It’s supply and demand at work” to “I think it would be great, That’s what makes this country.” So far the University has accepted 116 applications and Thorrson says cannabis entrepreneurs can expect to make anywhere from $70,000 to $120,000 a year.
Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at

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