Higher education: New LA College class to study marijuana

August 7th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON — Professor Ike Levine’s new class at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College this fall — “Marijuana — Hemp, Hype, Hope and High” — will be purely academic. Mostly.

“It’s not going to be a primer for people on how to grow pot. It’s not all about that,” Levine said. “It’s a little bit about that.”

And don’t expect any show-and-tell. Mostly.

“You can’t do medical (marijuana) or any marijuana research unless you have a special license from the feds. Being that I don’t have that special license and not wanting to risk all my other grant dollars, let’s just say this: there will be no sampling on campus,” Levine said. “There can be field trips. I’ll just leave it at that.”

The three-credit course, SCI 299, will focus on the science, history, use and modern legal issues surrounding marijuana. Levine, a professor of natural and applied sciences — he’s best known for his algae research — had wanted to do a pot lecture and lab years ago when Maine first legalized medical marijuana, but university officials wouldn’t approve the lab component because the drug wasn’t allowed on campus.

Levine scrapped his plans. Then Maine voters in 2016 agreed to legalize recreational marijuana. Levine decided to resurrect his old idea for a class, minus the lab.

“A lot of people are looking to go into it from a cultivation point of view, so I thought I would request approval for it last spring. It was approved as a science elective,” Levine said.

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