Soon, you'll be able to brag that you achieved a degree in cannabis entrepreneurship, and that's no BS.

I'm a fan of Johnson & Wales University, where one will be able to major in Acapulco Gold in 2021 and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing industries in the nation, cannabis.

Remembering back to my early college years, I easily could have been a summa cum laude candidate if this was available back then.

In 2018, legal cannabis brought in over $10 billion, with expectations of $100 billion in 10 years. You also have to be aware that there's a lot of needed tax revenues in that overall stash.

JWU has been a pacesetter in other college disciplines, but I'm going to focus on this syllabus that's not offered at any other institution of higher learning in the northeast. In fact, about 37 students have already applied for the program that will incorporate science, business, economics and entrepreneurship, in a curriculum that went through pinpoint peer review to win approval with the university leadership.

For some bizarre reason, this part of the country is always lagging behind in riding the wave. It's an anomaly that this is taught in a state, Rhode Island, where recreational cannabis is still illegal. This newly-arrived industry will be one of the best careers in the coming times. The days of reefer madness are ancient history, and the time has come for colleges to teach about jobs in cannabis, just like any other legal business.

Cannabis is already a big business, and it's getting more abundant. If college is meant to get students ready for the future, count me in on this JWU cannabis program of study.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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