Cannabis Studies

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Vermont State’s Cannabis Studies Certificate Program is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program exploring cannabis – including its historical, cultural, economic, political, legal, medicinal, and spiritual dimensions. You’ll also learn about and participate in the cultivation of cannabis and the commercial development of the cannabis industry. In addition, the certificate program provides students with Cannabis Employee ID Card Compliance Training, required of all employees in the Vermont cannabis industry. The Cannabis Studies Certificate Program is your ticket to the cannabis industry, providing the education, experience, opportunity and certification to enter this growing field.

Why Study Cannabis Studies at Vermont State

  • Flexibility: You can enroll in this certificate program as a stand-alone credential or add it to your Vermont State program of study.
  • Interdisciplinary Study: The Cannabis Studies Certificate Program takes a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to cannabis studies, including its history and anthropology, sociology and politics, cultivation and production, health and wellness, business and enterprise, practical experience and skills development. 
  • Career Opportunity: Learn how to capitalize on emerging career opportunities within this field, from working with cannabis businesses and organizations to roles as a regulation consultant, master grower, cannabis medicine consultant, lab worker, budtender, and more. 
  • Affordable and Accessible: Just 12 credits plus opportunities to take courses during the summer and a flexible internship mean you can complete the program at your own pace. 

Financial Aid for Cannabis Studies Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable option for degree completion to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Note: Federal aid eligibility is determined by enrollment status in non-cannabis courses as federal aid can’t be used to pay for cannabis related coursework. If you have questions about your financial aid eligibility and taking cannabis courses, contact


Questions about how to apply? Contact, Professor Philip Lamy. If you’re interested in taking a cannabis course you can register as a non-matriculated student.


  • Department

    • Social Sciences
  • Primary Office Location

    Castleton Campus

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