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217 Today: Illinois colleges expand cannabis classes

Rows of cannabis plants growing at Revolution Global's cannabis cultivation center in Delavan, Ill., in 2020. Retail-focused and medicinal health courses were the first subject matters to pop up in college classrooms but campuses are starting to offer more agriculture-centered programs as workforce demands increase.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • The case against four former Commonwealth Edison executives and lobbyists is now in the hands of a federal jury.
  • Southern Illinois University trustees will vote on next year’s tuition and fee schedules when they meet this week in Carbondale.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to keep the abortion pill Mifepristone available for use.
  • Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost said more needs to be done to make the job of border agents easier.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how Illinois colleges and universities are creating cannabis programs to meet the growing demand for workers.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Dave McKinney, Jennifer Fuller, Mae Antar, Benjy Jeffords and Alex Degman.

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