New York’s LIM College announced Tuesday the establishment of its Bachelor of Business Administration degree in cannabis, which the college says will be the first of its kind in the United States and is due to start in the fall semester of 2022.

Elizabeth S. Marcuse, president of LIM College, said the college has observed “the explosive growth in employment in the cannabis sector” and found “employers are looking for skills and experience often possessed by fashion and cannabis industry professionals” .

Major cannabis courses are taught by Chris Jones, founder of Cannabis Xpress, and Marianne Cursetjee, CEO and co-founder of Alibi Cannabis. Development of the program included contributions from Penelope Nam-Stephen, Chief Commercial Officer of Community Growth Partners, and Sarah Falvo, Director of Community for the Arcview Group, a finance and advisory firm serving the cannabis and hemp industries.

“This program comes at the right time as the rapidly evolving cannabis industry currently requires entry-level executives who look at the industry through a professional, business-minded lens. A well-qualified pipeline of talent in this highly regulated and fragmented industry will help us move forward more efficiently. It is also a wonderful opportunity for people to get into the cannabis field in a conventional academic way. ”- Nam-Stephen in a press release

The college notes that the number of full-time jobs in the cannabis industry rose 32% to 321,000 over the past year, according to the Leafly Jobs Report.

The Manhattan-based college is currently accepting applications for the program.

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TG joined Ganjapreneur as a news writer in 2014 and began hosting the Ganjapreneur podcast in 2016. He lives in New York State, where he also teaches media studies at a local university.