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SUNY Cortland to Launch One-Credit Course on Pot

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With the full legalization of cannabis growing closer to a reality in New York State, SUNY Cortland’s Chemistry Department has launched a new one-credit class called “Chemistry, Cannabis and Society.”

The course will be offered during the fourth quarter of the Spring 2020 semester and during the Summer 2020 session.

It will study the science of the cannabis plant itself, as well as the current state of cannabis research, legal topics surrounding legalization and the historical impact on certain groups of people in U.S. history.

Eleven U.S. states have already legalized recreational use of cannabis and New York may soon join them, with Gov. Cuomo estimating it could add $300 million in revenue annually.

Professor Greg Phelan will teach the course.

“This course is not an advocacy for the legalization of recreational marijuana, it’s a much more academic approach to this plant and some of the things this plant can do,” Phelan said. “We’re going to go into the various advocacy groups and the benefits it has, or its supposed benefits.”

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