WIU offers students opportunities in emerging cannabis industryPosted by On

MACOMB — At first glance, it may be a surprise to drive by one of Western Illinois University’s agricultural research fields and see cannabis growing alongside the research plots of corn and tomatoes, but a member of the University faculty has made it his academic and research mission to overcome myths about the plants and the many uses.

This fall, WIU Senior Biology Instructor Tom Vogel is teaching classes on cannabis and, with Assistant Professor of Agriculture Shelby Henning, is researching industrial hemp production and uses. Vogel is also conducting pancreatic cancer research with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Mette Soendergaard, cannabinoid extraction and identification with Forensic Program Director Assistant Professor Liguo Song, and gene expression research with Biology Professor Sue Hum-Musser.

As WIU launched two cannabis-related minors this semester, “Cannabis and Culture,” and “Cannabis Production,” and as cannabis is now legal in Illinois, the industry…

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