Cannabis & Hemp Research Initiative at Stockton (CHRIS)

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The Cannabis & Hemp Research Initiative at Stockton (CHRIS) provides cannabis and hemp education, research, and resources for local and national markets.

Our mission is to conduct agricultural and non-medical cannabis and hemp research, leverage our scientific expertise to develop a testing laboratory and provide opportunities for community engagement and education. 


CHRIS demonstrates Stockton’s commitment to cannabis education by:

  • Offering quarterly hemp and cannabis industry relevant panels
  • Hosting an annual Cannabis Curriculum Convening to bring together a myriad of cannabis educators from other educational institutions
  • Housing helpful cannabis education artifacts, articles, and links to reliable sources on our website
  • Arranging educational seminars and interactive events in our fields and greenhouses
  • Partnering with like minded businesses and organizations to conduct research projects, to educate the public, and train the post prison population to work in the hemp or cannabis industries
  • Collaborating with our Continuing Education Department to continue to develop and update cutting-edge cannabis curriculum leading to a Stockton University Cannabis Certification

As one of the first universities to offer a Minor in Cannabis Studies, CHRIS further cements our commitment to the development of an educated, motivated, diverse, equity-based cannabis and hemp workforce.

Cannabis Curriculum Convening event

extreme close up of hemp viewed under an electron microscopeMinor in Cannabis Studies to build a foundation for understanding the burgeoning cannabis industry.

Minor in Cannabis Studies


photo of hemp flowerProfessional Development courses and Certificates in Cannabis Studies provide targeted workforce training.

Professional Development