Cannabis Studies AAS

An AAS in Cannabis Studies helps you navigate the societal impacts of cannabis and the legislation regarding it.

Music. Art. Movies and television. All of these cultural touchpoints have been influenced by cannabis, and in turn, have had an impact on cannabis. Now is the time for understanding the impact of culture on cannabis, so that we can help dispel myths and move towards fair and equitable legislation. An AAS in Cannabis Studies allows you to see the whole picture, so you can help shape how the future of cannabis looks. 

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Program Details – 7-Month Associates Degree

The Cannabis Studies Associates Degree program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the state and federal laws surrounding the legal cannabis industry and how popular culture affects the perception of cannabis use.  Students will learn to research and comprehend pending legislation and existing laws while understanding the effect that they have on society at large. 

Students seeking employment in this field must be 21 years or older and comply with regulations regarding a criminal background check. Dispensary employees will need to meet State Department of Financial & Professional Regulations requirements to acquire an Agent Card. In addition, the program could prepare students for employment in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management for the cannabis industry. This program should prepare transporters to apply state laws and regulations to securely transport and track cannabis between business licenses. To be employed as a cannabis transporter, employees must be 21 years of age, meet the requirements to obtain a Department of Agriculture identification card, and pass a federal fingerprint test.

In addition to attendance in all courses, students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments. These assignments include but are not limited to reading, exercises and problem-solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations. A student can anticipate out-of-class activities that equal to about two (2) hours for every one (1) hour of lecture.  Upon successful completion of the program (see graduation requirements section of the catalog), students could seek or obtain entry-level employment in the legal cannabis industry. 

Prerequisite: Students must have 53 transfer credits from a cannabis-related concentration.

Students must possess a high school diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (e.g., GED), and pass a Digital Learning Readiness Assessment with a score of 60 or higher.

Students who will not be 21 years old by the time they graduate from the program are not advised to enroll due to a potential inability to find employment in the cannabis field in their state.

All students must be interviewed by an admissions representative to determine if they have the maturity, motivation, commitment and dedication to succeed in the programs they have chosen and the qualities of personality that will help make placement assistance effective.

Students who have been convicted of a crime which may affect their ability to be eligible for employment in their chosen field may be denied admission.

There is a non-refundable $50 application fee. Click here to apply online.

Program Length:7 Months
Total Hours:550
Books & Fees:$2,300

This program is asynchronous, meaning students do not meet for class at specific times; instead, students complete their weekly assignments, quizzes, tests, and discussions as their schedule dictates.

Students participate in two classes every five weeks and should expect to commit 12-15 hours weekly to homework and studying. Each week begins Monday and ends Sunday at 11:59 PM Eastern, except week five, which ends Thursday at 11:59 PM Eastern.

Instructors have live, virtual office hours to provide students with academic support.

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Cannabis and Social Justice
This course will examine the effects of current and historical laws on various groups of persons through a social justice lens. This course looks at the part that social justice organizations play in drawing attention to the outsized impact that cannabis laws have had on people of color while they work to amend and expunge criminal records. 

The Perception of Cannabis
This course will address how cannabis use is perceived in today’s society, along with its representation in popular culture and mainstream media. 

State Law and Cannabis 
This course is designed to teach students to navigate the swiftly changing pattern of various state laws. Students will learn proper vetting techniques to distinguish genuine information sources from popular sources. 

Federal Law and Cannabis 
The purpose of this course is to develop an in-depth understanding of cannabis laws at the Federal level and to follow how state cannabis laws work when seemingly in direct conflict with Federal law. 

College Math
This course provides students with an opportunity to not only discover how to solve general mathematical problems, but also how to apply what they’ve learned to problem solving in everyday situations. College Math covers a range of mathematical topics, including: polynomials, rational expressions, quadratic and linear equations, conic sections, functions, and systems of equations, as well as statistical graphs and data use and analysis.  Students will also have the opportunity to explore how critical thinking can be enhanced with knowledge of Mathematics. 

 Introduction to Psychology
This course provides students with an overview of the field of psychology, including the history and science of the field; theories of personality; heritage and cultural influences throughout the life span; consciousness and mental states; perception, memory, learning and intelligence; psychological disorders and treatments; emotion, stress and health.  

History of American Government
This course introduces students to the American political system from local to state and federal levels of government.  It covers the making of laws, the institutions, rights and liberties of federal citizenship, policy formulation, diverse political groups, and key issues. The course covers the historical background of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the struggles to ratify the Constitution of 1787.  The course also covers significant historical events and doctrines. The course emphasizes how government affects us, as well as how we can affect change in government via responsible citizenship. 

Written Communications
This course prepares students for written communication in both college and career contexts. Written communication will be explored by composing essays and shorter writings with an emphasis on the writing process, editing and revision, proper grammar, and using effective rhetorical strategies. Students will examine the importance of understanding audience, purpose, genre, style, and professionally appropriate documentation. 

Oral Communications 
This course helps students develop confidence and professionalism by practicing oral communication skills in a variety of applications.  These include researching and preparing demonstration, persuasive, and informative speeches, as well as practicing for professional presentations, customer interactions, and interviews.  Emphasis is on using proper grammar and language, while developing organizational and collaborative skills.   Other applications include listening effectively and interpersonal or small group communication. 

Life Science 
This course prepares the student with a general knowledge of biological science. The course emphasizes the interdependence of various organisms with each other and the environment and relates information to current issues including the impact of humans on the world around us. 

Digital Communication Strategies 
Students will be introduced to appropriate formats, styles and protocols for communicating through various electronic media, including email, fax, social media, and file uploads/downloads. Special emphasis will be given to the use of digital communications in various business applications, including marketing, promotion, fundraising, and other processes. The legal, ethical, privacy, and security implications associated with all forms of electronic communication will also be highlighted 

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Grow Your Skills In:

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Cannabis State Law

Have an understanding of the how, when and why cannabis is judged at the state level.

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Federal Cannabis Regulation

Research federal laws and how it affects state-by-state rules, interstate commerce and more.

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Diversity & Equity Issues

Discover how and why cannabis arrests have an outsized affect on BIPOC Americans.

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Economic Impact & Opportunity

Gain expertise in the current market value and future potential of cannabis.

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