The first MBA of Medical Cannabis is now available at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. It is part of the Substance Use Disorders Institute and is focused on the pharmaceutical and health care industries. There have been countless testimonials on the benefits of cannabis for debilitating health conditions such as anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s. More and more research is being done for clinical proof of cannabis treatments. The university has partnered with Franklin Biosciences of Denver, CO to develop the program. The same company operates Beyond/Hello dispensaries in Pennsylvania.
There has been a lot of interest in the program from current students and they expect to have a class of 15 to 20 students to start. A total of four classes will be offered online including Introduction to the Medical Cannabis Industry, Regulation of the Cannabis Industry, Cannabis Marketing and Sales, and a Project-Based course where a product or business plan will be developed. Each two-credit course costs approximately $2,000 and registration has already begun. It is a great complimentary degree to a business or health background and is sure to be beneficial with the rapid growth of the cannabis industry. There are other degrees popping up that focus on cannabis, but this is the first, and likely not last, MBA of its kind.