Southern Illinois University starts marijuana, hemp research

Southern Illinois University starts marijuana, hemp research

Carbondale (AP) – Southern Illinois University is creating new programs for students who want to know more about marijuana. The school announced last week that it’s creating programs at the Carbondale campus to study medical marijuana and industrial hemp. Officials hope the programs will give students and farmers a chance to earn a new certificate in the subject. Southern Illinois University researchers already have approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration to grow hemp. School leaders said they hope to begin planting in the spring on a 5-acre parcel of land, which will be split into a series of individual test plots to study specific research questions, such as the crops’ optimal growing conditions and environmental impact.