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Written by Sheena Beronio

In the spring of 2016, Philip Lamy taught in Castleton College on a topic circling the history of hashish. He said that that was the first time some unenrolled person would sit and listen in his lecture.

He said that “lots of them sat on the ground, since we had no seats left, simply to interact on this matter, which all of us felt was considerably revolutionary.” 

Topics such as hashish is a largely hot and often daredevil type of topic to be spoken or taught off in public. Statehouses often frown at laws allowing the marketplace to be swamped with recreational cannabis. So you can imagine the feverish curiosity of students about hashish. Some state schools offer courses exploring hashish, but Castleton pioneered a full Hashish Research Certificates program.

With the help of Lamy, the program became final in fall. The program has become like an attraction. 120 college kids enrolled in at least one of the lessons of the course, while 12 enrollees signed to get the full program.

The program provides different perspectives and schools of thought about hashish. For example, a full-time program student would know about the business economics, historical, sociological, and anthropological facets of hashish. The system is divided into three major programs, namely, Canna-Enterprise; Hashish, Cultivation and Care; and Hashish, Tradition and Consciousness — and an internship element.

“Most of what I’ve seen throughout the nation is schools and universities specializing in cultivation, CBD manufacturing, and the medicinal results of marijuana. However, only a few which are trying on the historical past, the sociology, the enterprise facets of it. We’re doing all of it,” as per Lamy.

The system didn’t just pop out of nowhere. It went through a rigorous process of inquisition, doubts on the way the curriculum was designed, and more. Lamy stated that “this system was, in fact, controversial and a whole lot of the controversy stemmed from the truth that marijuana continues to be unlawful on the federal degree.” 

The funding points of the program limits the number of would-be enrollees from the non-traditional and part-time college students sector. The program is worth $1,500 per course without a scholarship and other deductibles. One of Lamy’s hopes was for the program to attract conventional faculty college students and non-traditional college students like native farmers to enroll.

Unfortunately, non-degree college students aren’t considered for federal monetary support. Part-time college students aren’t considered too for federal monetary support specifically for this kind of program. Although privileged to gain federal monetary support, Castleton full-time students face some restrictions upon enrolling in the program. For example, full-time students should enroll in 12 research-related credits that are non-hashish.

Although the restrictions don’t seem to affect the number of enrollees of the program, Dean of Enrollment Maurice Ouimet says that “the priority goes ahead, with sensitivities round the price of larger training, on the whole, an increasing number of college students are opting to go part-time, and an increasing number of non-traditional college students are coming again to complete their diploma,” he stated. “I feel the pattern going ahead is we’ll see extra college students in that class.” 

Lamy hopes to develop the system to evolve into a minor to a major subject or course. Still, for now, Lamy and the other developers would like to put the program within a shortened summer season period.

Photos Courtesy of Virginia Mercury