Thomas Jefferson University is launching the first university-based, graduate-level certificate programs in medical marijuana education, school officials announced on Thursday.
Studies will begin in the fall for certificates in Cannabis Medicine and Cannabinoid Pharmacology at the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp. The programs are the first of its kind.
A third certificate program-– for Cannabinoid Chemistry and Toxicology-–will kick off in 2019.
The programs come as more and more states legalize medicinal and–-in some cases–-recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana is now available in 30 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
But healthcare professionals have had few evidence-based educational options to learn about medical marijuana's health benefits and risks in clinical settings, according to Jefferson officials.
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