Galloway, NJ April 1, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – A new cannabis and hemp research institute at Stockton University (CHRIS) will provide education, research and resources for the local and national market.

The new institute builds on Stockton’s academic cannabis studies programs to develop research that focuses on hemp growing practices, non-medicinal cannabis research, laboratory testing, and the creation of hemp and cannabis educational materials.

“As the first New Jersey university to offer a minor in cannabis studies in 2019, Stockton stands ready to conduct critical research in areas that can provide opportunities for our students and emerging industries and fuel the state’s economy,” said Professor of Biology Ekaterina Sedia , Coordinator of the Cannabis Minor.

Robert Mejia, associate professor of cannabis studies at Stockton, said the institute will host educational and career fairs and help set the standard for hemp and cannabis education in New Jersey and the nation.

Initially, the focus of the CHRIS test laboratory is on the provision of test services for hemp growers, processors and manufacturers of finished products. Although New Jersey was the third state to introduce guidelines for growing hemp, the state’s hemp industry is barely in its infancy.

The ability to manufacture a whole range of environmentally friendly hemp consumer products, including building materials, food, and ethanol and plastic substitutes, will lead to a more sustainable future, Mejia said.

“Hemp was an important part of the American past and we want to make it an important part of the American future,” said Mejia. “We used to know how to grow and process hemp, but because of the cannabis ban, we have to learn again. As we learn, we will share these valuable lessons with our community and nation. ”

In addition to hemp testing, CHRIS plans to grow hemp in Stockton fields and in the greenhouse and hold educational events.

Another goal is to work with partners from the community to provide education, training and employment opportunities for the post-prison population.

“We see this as a way to connect with our local community and help those harmed by the war on drugs,” said Mejia.

The new institute’s first event will be a virtual cannabis curriculum, running April 21-22, bringing together cannabis educators across the country to share ideas, network, and develop strategies for improving cannabis education in the world Discuss higher education.

“There is so much public confusion about cannabis and hemp and the topic affects so many different areas,” said Sedia. “Through our research and training, we aim to be leaders in academia as well as supporting businesses and local communities as the industry grows.”

Subjects for call-up are cannabis curricula in science, cultivation, law, medicine, and social justice.

For more information about the institute and how to convene the curriculum, see stockton.edu/chris.