Cannabis is an Appealing Career Choice for New Graduates

Graduates Interested in Cannabis

Chris Filling, Greenhouse Manager at Delaware Valley University, leads guests from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on a greenhouse tour. The 2016 visit was part of an effort to educate the public about hydroponics and aquaponics. Photo credit: Delaware State University

As applicants young and old flood the marijuana job market in states across the country, millennials are among the first generation of college graduates who can job-hunt in the legal marijuana industry, according to an article on


One of them is Alessandro Cesario, who spent four years at Delaware Valley University, taking courses in hydroponics and working in greenhouses and on farms. After he graduated in 2013, Cesario made the jump from vegetables to cannabis — moving to Las Vegas to become the Director of Cultivation for Desert Grown Farms.

Delaware Valley University, one of the top providers of agriculture degrees in the state, offers students a chance to study hydroponics. By working with plants such as basil, students can gain specialized skills that can be applied to jobs in the medical marijuana industry.

Cesario’s path is being followed by many other young students today.

“We’re getting deluged with resumes,” says John Pohlhaus, CEO of Franklin Labs, a grower-processor in Reading, PA. Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that has legalized medical marijuana. Eight others have approved recreational marijuana, and Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) has introduced a bill to legalize medical pot on the federal level.

Delaware State, which is in the midst of creating a new academic specialty in hydroponics and aquaponics, does not teach students how to grow cannabis, nor is it grown on campus. But interim dean Christopher Tipping said he is asked about it all the time. His constant reply: “I’ll teach you how to grow a tomato, and if you can grow a tomato, you can grow cannabis.”

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