Want to study medicinal cannabis? You can soon.

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(Photo from Pixabay)

SKOKIE — Oakton Community College in Skokie announced this week that its board had authorized a medicinal cannabis program. Yes, for real.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The program, approved Tuesday, will allow students to earn a certificate as a cannabis dispensary and patient care specialist, according to a statement from Oakton. The certificate program will be added to the school’s curriculum in the fall pending approval from the Illinois Community College Board.

“This is timely and relevant,” said Ruth Williams, Oakton’s dean of curriculum and instruction. “With the passing of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act and the Opioid Pilot Program allowing use of medical cannabis as an alternate pain management solution to opioids, there is increasing value in academic programs from accredited institutions that provide education and training to serve patients who elect to use medical cannabis.”

If the college board approves, Oakton would be the first community college in the country to offer a program in medicinal cannabis.