In 2019 the Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan opened the first of its kind Cannabis chemistry program. This year, Steadfast Labs in Hazel Park announced that it will be offering a $ 1,200 annual scholarship to LSSU students who choose to join the program.
“By funding this grant, Steadfast Labs is once again showing its commitment to helping future chemists enter the workplace and ensure public safety in the cannabis sector,” said Dr. Steven Johnson, Dean of the College of Science and the Environment at LSSU in a press release.
Shortly before the pandemic in February 2020, the LSSU opened one 2,600 square meter cannabis chemical plant known as the Cannabis Center for Excellence. In this facility, students learn to analyze compounds and contaminants extracted with cannabis.
Given the current state of the cannabis industry, such research is extremely important in establishing legitimacy. Due to a lack of regulations, many companies have made it their business to ensure exactly what is in their products and in their safety.
The cannabidiol (CBD) industry is a prime example as most reputable brands have one Certificate of Analysis (CoA) with every batch of product they release. A CoA is a document from an accredited laboratory that shows the cannabinoid levels in a product. They are designed to help consumers make informed choices. If a consumer really only wants to consume safe CBD products, they should buy products that offer a CoA.
As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, the cannabis industry is expected to create 500,000 jobs by 2022. Not to mention, there are projections out there that global spending will hit $ 31.6 billion at this time.
If you are interested in this scholarship, college and high school students at LSSU with a GPA of 3.0 or higher can apply. Currently, Steadfast prefers Wayne and Oakland Counties.
Students who meet the minimum requirements can qualify for an American Chemical Society (ACS) degree.