NBC Nightly News visits Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan is now offering a Bachelor's Degree in 'Medicinal Plant Chemistry.'

"It's a brand new program this semester here at Northern and it's teaching students the chemical analysis of plants," said NMU Professor Derek Hall.

The program focuses on medicinal plants including marijuana, how to grow it and also touches on the business process as well.

'NBC Nightly News' picked up on the story after it got national attention on social media.

"I think that there has been a real cultural change nationally with regards to attitudes toward marijuana and I think the fact that people are now going to be studying it for the pros and the cons and everything else chemically about marijuana is a story that is of great interest nationally," said 'NBC Nightly News' Network Correspondent Kevin Tibbles.

Yesterday was the crew's primary day of filming as they shot classrooms and interviewed students and teachers and found the study of cannabis is not all that cliche.

Ii think a lot of people including myself would have a preconceived idea about as to why someone would go to university to study everything about marijuana and what I have found is actually the opposite is the case," said Tibbles. "Many people know people who are ill, who have been assisted with pain treatment with regards to using marijuana. other people want to be scientists and study all the properties of it chemically in order to assist in the future. a lot of people say that we don't know enough about it."

Northern's program is the first of its kind in the world and is already getting a lot of student interest.

"We're getting 50 to 70 calls a day," said Hall. "We've never had that kind of interest in a new program."

'NBC Nightly News' does not have an air date yet for the story but NMU will notify Marquette as soon as a date is set.

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