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Colorado State University-Pueblo To Offer Cannabis-related Degree Program

The Colorado State University's Pueblo campus will offer a degree in cannabis after it received state approval for the program on Friday.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education said that the Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved a Bachelor of Science degree program in cannabis biology and chemistry at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The department noted that this is the state's first cannabis-related degree program and also among the first in the country. The program will launch this fall.

Students can opt from one of the two tracks. One course emphasizes natural products, including the study of genetics for cannabis and other plants, and focused on biology. The other track focuses on analytical chemistry.

The launch of the program comes amid a boom in the cannabis industry and as more states in the U.S. legalize marijuana.

In June 2019, the Colorado Department of Revenue or CDOR said that the state surpassed $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana sales, five years after Colorado began selling recreational marijuana.

According to CDOR, marijuana tax, license and fee revenue in the state reached $1.02 billion, while marijuana sales from 2014 to June 2019 exceeded $6.56 billion.

Marijuana revenue supports state-wide efforts in Colorado, such as licensing and regulation of legal marijuana businesses, youth prevention efforts, behavioral health treatment, protecting public health and safety, and coordination across state agencies.

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