Northern Israeli university college to be the first to offer specialized medical undergraduate degree
Le Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Which houses about 5000 students and between Afula and Nazareth, announced Monday that new students would be able to continue behavioral science studies with a specialization in medical marijuana, allowing graduates to play a role in "industries the most prosperous of Israel.
"The cannabis industry today is not what it was 10 years ago, Israel needs and can also lead this industry," said college president, Professor Itzhak Harpaz.
The courses offered in the program that will begin in the next academic year will focus on the growth and production of medical cannabis, medicine, pharmacology, economics and law.
"The aim of the program is to train graduates to new professions in the field of medical cannabis, while enabling them to gain experience in this field," said Dr. Efrat Barel, responsible for the new program. "The expanded educational base will allow graduates to understand all aspects required and their integration into the workforce will add value to the sector."
During the third year of study, students also receive practical experience in cannabis farms and production plants and attend seminars organized by the research divisions of pharmaceutical companies and academic research laboratories.
This industry is already characterized by many new companies and technologies, it is clear that its economic potential can reach tens of billions of dollars. We are proud to be the first to develop an academic specialization in the field of medical cannabis, said the president of the college.
In January, the Israeli government approved exports of medicinal cannabis cultivated in Israel to the global legal market, valued at 28 billion by 2024. The state could win between 1 at 4 billion shekel evening 1,09 billion dollars thanks to exports. Licenses will only be issued by the Ministry of Health and must be approved by the police.
"Given the significant impact of this industry on the Israeli economy in the years to come, qualified professionals are needed to enter the medical cannabis field and progress in parallel," said Harpaz.
Measures to facilitate exports have been followed by domestic reforms announced by the Ministry of Health these last months, including allowing patients suffering from certain medical conditions to receive medical cannabis prescription instead of seeking authorization from the Ministry of Health, as well as the creation of an interministerial committee to oversee the pricing of cannabis products.