Stockton University in New Jersey is cosponsoring a virtual career fair this week that will offer students opportunities in the cannabis industry. Reports the Philadelphia Inquirer..
“Regardless of what your academic specialty will be, there will be an opportunity to use it in the cannabis industry,” said Edmund DeVeaux, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, which is cosponsoring the two-day event on Wednesday and Thursday.
Two years ago, as New Jersey inched toward legalizing the recreational sale and use of marijuana — a step voters approved in a ballot measure last month — Stockton began offering a minor in cannabis studies. The program enrolls about 90 students, and interest in the field has been keen, said Ekaterina “Kathy” Sedia, associate professor of biology.
“Regardless of how we may feel about it, it’s going to be here,” she said. “There’s going to be jobs and if somebody is going to get those jobs, I’d rather my kids get them.”
DeVeaux said the cannabis industry is expected to create about a million jobs over the next decade. While many sectors have been hard hit by the pandemic, the cannabis industry, like pharmaceuticals, is seen as recession-proof and continues to grow, DeVeaux said.
The job fair will offer more than 20 seminars on topics from cooking to insurance and legal issues, plus exhibits from cannabis and cannabis-related companies, such as Leads for Weed, which offers internet marketing for cannabis; Create Bliss Daily, a family-owned hemp and CBD company; and Bioscience, which helps design and build cannabis laboratories, the cosponsors said.