UConn to offer class on the science of growing weed
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The University of Connecticut will soon offer a course on how to grow marijuana.

The class, Horticulture of Cannabis: From Seed to Harvest, will be offered for the first time this spring, according to university publication UConn Today.

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The course was developed in response to a “tremendous student demand,” said Gerald Berkowitz, a professor of plant science at UConn.

Berkowitz told UConn Today there's a bevy of career opportunities in the budding industry and colleges need to prepare and educate the workforce for these jobs.

UConn is now one of several colleges and universities delving into the cannabis industry, which has seen growth as more states across the country legalize the substance. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge grows medical marijuana at an off-campus site and offers a course on growing as well.

Connecticut is one of 29 states where medical marijuana is legal. Recreational marijuana is currently legal in nine states and Washington, D.C.

More than 60 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, according to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.