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New England Cannabis Research and Education Conference

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The first New England Cannabis Research and Education Conference (NECREC) will take place at Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 21-22, 2022.

The NECREC conference aims to create a learning space where students, educators and members of the cannabis industry in New England can gather to share information in the emerging field of Cannabis Studies.

Program for the 2022 conference

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Register now!

NECREC QR Registration

Academics, businesses and general publichttp://easternct.showare.com/NECREC
University students (FREE): https://easternct.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VBe5mZ3ohbitOm

Need a hotel for the conference? Book your room at Comfort Suites Norwich before Sept. 21 -- 
https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/OB00O3

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We welcome students, researchers and members of the cannabis industry across New England to attend, share knowledge and host discussion sessions.

For additional information, contact us at: (860) 465-5245 or necrec@easternct.edu

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Eastern offers its students one of the first Cannabis Cultivation and Chemistry minors in Connecticut.

The widespread acceptance of non-intoxicating Cannabis (CBD) and the legalization of recreation THC within Connecticut and large portions of the United States has created new employment and academic opportunities. This program uses hands-on and theoretical approaches to train students to cultivate and chemically analyze cannabis or hemp. In addition to instruction in cannabis cultivation and chemical analysis, students can also learn about the related fields of sustainability, public health and policy, plant taxonomy, mycology, genetics, integrated pest management, biotechnology, and data analysis. In addition to employment opportunities, students will be prepared for cannabis-related graduate school opportunities.

Read more about Eastern's Cannabis Cultivation and Chemistry minor

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A freshly trimmed hemp bud

A freshly trimmed hemp bud. October 2021

Biology Professor Bryan Connolly trims the leaves off a hemp bud

Biology Professor Bryan Connolly trims the leaves off a hemp bud. October 2021

Connolly and student Giahna Ellis

Connolly and student Giahna Ellis. October 2021

Freshly cut hemp buds hanging to dry

Freshly cut hemp buds hanging to dry. October 2021

Students Giahna Ellis and Kate Arildsen trim the leaves off hemp buds

Students Giahna Ellis and Kate Arildsen trim the leaves off hemp buds. October 2021

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs William Salka

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs William Salka. October 2021