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These Universities Now Offer Classes in Cannabis

As of 2019, the legal cannabis industry has been responsible for creating an impressive 211,000 jobs in the United States. With Leafly reporting that the cannabis workforce increased 21 percent in 2017 alone, gaining another 44 percent in 2018, at least another 20 percent growth in jobs is expected by the end of 2019. That would represent a 110 percent growth in cannabis jobs in just three years.

Consequently, universities across the country are acknowledging the importance of tapping into the world of cannabis in a bid to prepare students for this developing and career-promising industry. 

Here is a list of the universities currently offering classes in cannabis:

University of California, Davis
UC Davis

Class: ‘Physiology of Cannabis’ 

Designed for students in the biological sciences, the three-unit undergraduate course covers the biology of cannabis and cannabinoids as well as their physiological effects in multiple systems, underlying mechanisms and therapeutic values. It also surveys the history of cannabis use, covers the endocannabinoid system and discusses potential medical targets for cannabis and their relative effectiveness. 

“This course is one of the few taught on an American college campus with a dedicated theme on the biology, physiology and medicinal effects of cannabis and cannabinoids,” said Yu-Fung Lin, an associate professor of physiology and membrane biology at UC Davis School of Medicine who is teaching the course. 

Lin, who also has a joint appointment in the Department Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, is preparing a similar course specifically for UC Davis medical students.

Cornell University
Cornell University

Class: Cannabis: Biology, Society and Industry

Cornell, one of the most recent universities to adopt a cannabis class, fully recognizes the potential this industry has, noting in their class description that the medical marijuana industry in the United States is estimated at $6.7 billion and is expected to grow to over $10 billion by 2021. 

Cornell students who enroll in this class will learn about the historical importance of cannabis in the development of medicines, textiles, paper, construction materials and foods, as well as cultural, religious and recreational uses. They’ll also learn about farming and cultivation and the challenges the cannabis industry faces as it evolves. 

Carlyn S. Buckler, an associate professor of practice with Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science, “created the course to help students garner more skills within the cannabis industry,” The Ithaca Times reported. Buckler tells The Ithaca Times:

“The potential profitability of this industry is clear, but the obstacles to its economic and industrial development are significant and include establishing better agricultural supply chains, breeding research to develop more vigorous and disease-resistant varieties, refining/improving farming practices, as well as policy and legal challenges associated with cannabis.”

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Ohio State University

Class: Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

This class examines the social and historical backdrop of intoxicant prohibition, and assesses the legal reforms and political debates now surrounding the control and regulation of marijuana use. The professor Douglas A. Berman, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an avid speaker on cannabis legalization and reform. In an interview with the Cannabis Law Report, Berman expressed his standpoint on the topic of nationwide legalization.

“I’m inclined to predict that we’re going to continue to see an evolution in state laws that are more permissive of a range of marijuana use rather than sticking with traditional prohibition,” he said.

The University of Washington
University of Washington

Class: Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Pain 

Developed specifically for health care professionals, this class presents current information and clinical practice guidelines on the use of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain. The class is divided into two modules: “Medicinal Cannabis Education for Clinicians” and “Medicinal Cannabis – Best Practices.”

The goal of this program is to increase students awareness of options in treating pain and other medical conditions and to decrease unnecessary suffering among people living with chronic pain in the state of Washington. The project aims to provide information and education about medical conditions for those of which medicinal cannabis is or is not recommended, side effects and other risks.

Stockton University
Stockton University

Class: Cannabis Studies 

This interdisciplinary minor in Cannabis Studies offers students a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry.

This minor arguably offers students the most in-depth insight and hands-on experience in the cannabis industry. Students will have to take classes focusing on issues such as the legal, social justice, health, financial and economic implications of legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Students will also study the history of marijuana legislation, and what business opportunities have developed or could develop in the future. Additionally, students are also required to secure an internship within the cannabis industry. 

“This is a growing industry, and we want to prepare our students from a variety of academic viewpoints,” program coordinator Ekaterina Sedia said. 

Careers Grind

10 Colleges in Europe That Are Basically Free

Year after year, the cost of attending college in the United States continues to rise. With the average cost of college for students during the 2017-18 school year being $20,770 for public and $46,950 for private, more and more Americans are looking abroad to further their education.

While European universities do not offer the same Division I sports, large campuses and Greek life as American universities, the affordability might be worth the trade. Most public European colleges are tuition-free with some small student fees, even for international students. Yes, that’s even cheaper than attending some American community colleges. Studying abroad also allows Americans to explore different cultures and travel within Europe on a low budget. We’ve put together a list of the top European universities that won’t leave you in years of debt.

University of Bordeaux: Bordeaux, France
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Located in southwestern France, the University of Bordeaux offers several classes in English, some including courses in law, political science, economics and management, science and technology, health sciences and human sciences. The university also offers over 20 master’s programs. Tuition fees for American students range between EUR 2700 to 3770, depending on the course of study.  The city of Bordeaux offers students history and culture as one of the most popular wine-growing regions and home of the Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André and many 18th to 19th-century mansions. With over 56,000 students and a No. 24 ranking from Reuters Europe’s Top 100 Innovative Universities, Americans can’t go wrong with this phenomenal school.

University of Oslo: Oslo, Norway
University of Oslo

While the University of Oslo does not offer any undergraduate English-language degrees, Americans have better luck coming here for graduate school. With more than 70 graduate degrees taught in English, ranging from Media Studies to Peace and Conflict Studies, you’re bound to find something at this tuition-free university. Norway’s oldest university is a great choice for anyone wanting to explore and live in the vibrant and busy capital city, Oslo.

University of Mannheim: Mannheim, Germany
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American students will feel right at home at this internationally-diverse university. Every fifth student at the University of Mannheim comes from abroad. A fully English-taught MBA is offered as well as several other English-taught undergraduate courses. A few include the areas of business, communications, economics, English, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology. While most public colleges in Germany are tuition-free, tuition fees apply to all international students who have enrolled at a higher education institution in Baden-Württemberg since the fall semester 2017/18. At Mannheim, American students can expect to pay EUR 1,500 per semester.

Heidelberg University: Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg University

The benefit of attending a public university in Germany is that most schools are tuition-free. Heidelberg, one of the top 75 universities in the world, is the oldest college in Germany. It’s known for its large international student population and low cost, usually only requiring students to pay around $160 in student fees and $1000 per month in living costs. While the official coursework language is German, there are several options for undergraduate English-languages classes and 10 full master’s programs.

Humboldt University: Berlin, Germany
Humboldt University

Another tuition-free school, Humbodlt is located in Germany’s capital city, Berlin. The city of Berlin is known for its international population and low cost of living. With student fees at Humboldt only range from $55 to $280, American students can rest assured that they shouldn’t incur debt while studying here. Despite German being the official coursework language, there are two English degree programs in Gender Studies and other various English-language courses. Berlin is also an English-speaking city and easily accessible to American culture. The university is often ranked as a top 100 school and has housed the teaching of renowned figures like Albert Einstein, W.E.B. DuBois and Karl Marx.

Lund University: Lund, Sweden
Lund University

Ranked among the top 4% of schools in the world, Lund is one of the oldest and most reputable schools in Europe. There are a number of undergraduate English-based programs offered at the university, with some including development studies, fine arts, international business, mathematics, and ecosystem science. Lund is tuition-free for exchange students and those pursuing a Ph.D. The town of Lund is cobble-stoned and features architecture mimicked from medieval times.

University of Bologna: Bologna, Italy
University of Bologna

Ranked as one of Italy’s most distinguished schools, University of Bologna offers English-language classes in both undergraduate and master’s programs. International students are charged the same as Italian students, ranging between $1900 and $4400 for tuition. While this price might seem hefty for European study, it still racks in way less than American university fees.

Aarhus University: Aarhus, Denmark
Aarhus University

Arhaus University ranks as the best school in Denmark and also ranks as a top university in Europe. Program tuition for Americans usually runs below $9,000 per year. The university offers over 70 English-language programs, with the majority being at the master’s level. Rich in history, Arhaus offers an underground Viking Museum and the Aarhus Cathedral for students to dive right into the culture.

University of Vienna: Vienna, Austria
University of Vienna

Ranked as Austria’s top public university, the University of Vienna offers more than a dozen English-language master’s programs and a few undergraduate courses. Tuition will cost you around $800 per semester and $25 for student fees—a price even cheaper than American community colleges.

University of Ljubljana: Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Ljubljana

Located in the capital city of Slovenia, the University of Ljubljana offers 19 English-language undergraduate programs and several master’s programs. Tuition is inexpensive and students can expect to pay anywhere between $2700 and $3400. Ljubljana is a beautiful city, offering many historic museums, green spaces and the cafe-lined Ljubljanica River.

Related: This Is the Easiest Way to Get a College Degree Without Debt

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4 Books That Tim Cook Swears By

Before Tim Cook assumed the throne of Apple, he was a top executive at tech giants like IBM and Compaq. Though he is decidedly brilliant, filling Steve Jobs’ shoes is no easy task. But since taking the position of CEO, Apple has seen a triple increase in stock and is implementing renewable energy, labor-friendly supply chains, user privacy and highly recyclable products. Apple is entering a new wave of success, and much of that is owed to the work of Cook.

Speaking at commencement ceremonies and leadership engagements, Cook’s work ethic and educational background is respected by entrepreneurs and business executives all around the globe. While much of his knowledge and aptitude was gained from firsthand experience, we were keen to get a look at his reading list, because maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to get a glimpse of his genius.

‘March: Book One’ by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

This book is the first of three in the March trilogy collection. Congressman John Lewis dabbles into his lifelong journey as an activist during the civil rights movement to receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Book One follows Lewis during his youth in rural Alabama, his first time meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. and his goal to end segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. While racism is not as vivid through laws and regulations as it was during the ‘50s and ‘60s, Lewis’ journey and perseverance are still relevant for young entrepreneurs and leaders today and generations to come.

Assisted by co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell, the March trilogy comic offers readers a history lesson, inspiration and the foundations of overcoming struggle all while being entertaining.

‘Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon’ by Larry Tye

The title of a ‘liberal icon’ says it all. Kennedy was known for his progression to knock down racial discrimination, activism in decriminalization and being an advocate for the poor. In this biography, Larry Tye captures the story of RFK through unpublished memoirs, unreleased government files, and private miscellaneous documents. He interviews close peers and obtains an in-depth and lucid story that you won’t find on an online blog.

The story of RFK, pushing an agenda that was highly discouraged, is one that can transcend into the life of modern-day entrepreneurs. Determination, dedication and discipline led this man to become the most convoluted and disputed Kennedy yet.

‘Gandhi: An Autobiography–The Story of My Experiments With Truth’ by Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Many of us know the philosophies Gandhi followed but know little about his life and what led him on a journey of conquering peace. In this narrated autobiography, Gandhi allows his readers an in-depth look at his most vulnerable moments. From marrying at 13 to seeking personal reformation, there is a lot to learn about this peaceful leader. Gandhi’s practices were extreme and took commitment and self-control that any entrepreneur could benefit from embodying.

‘Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition Is Reshaping Global Markets’ by George Stalk

Saving the best for last, reportedly this book is so good that Cook’s been known to hand out copies to his colleagues and employees. This research-based read highlights time as a strategic weapon and the equivalent of money, productivity, quality and innovation. Companies can learn to advance by reducing elapsed time with the tips and insight George Stalk’s book has to offer.

Entrepreneurs Grind

This Is the Easiest Way to Get a College Degree Without Debt

Chop It Up is ONE37pm’s weekly web series where hosts Brandon Bryant and John Henry examine business and culture through an entrepreneurial lens. You can catch new episodes of Chop It Up every Wednesday at 3 p.m. on ONE37pm’s YouTube channel.

In this week’s episode of Chop It Up, Brandon and John Henry tell you how to turn the bad housing market into a huge investment opportunity. Then, the guys discuss why a rising minimum wage shouldn’t stop you from finding other sources of income. Finally, Brandon and John explain how Income Sharing Agreements can help you get a college degree debt-free.

John Henry stresses that: “Income inequality is a hot topic right now and will likely be a major point in the 2020 election. What this means is that banks are making a lot of money, optimistic about the 2019 economy and the good guys are giving that back to their employees.”

Finally, the guys discuss a new financial tool to help college students pay off their debt in a more manageable way. It’s called an Income Sharing Agreement (ISA). And it’s for when you need to take out money for a student loan, but instead of being on the hook for the capital no matter what, with an ISA people pay off the loan as a percentage of their salary.

Would you take out an ISA as a means to pay off your school?