With legalization continuing to march on across the United States, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is now offering a Master’s in medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana is a legitimate treatment for several conditions and pain management that is becoming more popular every day. So, it makes sense that there is a need for trained professionals who know what they are talking about when they discuss the option of medical marijuana treatments.
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That’s why the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is offering the first of its kind Master’s in medical marijuana for healthcare professionals, pharmacists, marijuana growers, dispensary owners, regulators and policy professionals.
The two-year program offers classes primarily online, but an in-person symposium will be held every semester.
Dr. Natalie Eddington, who is the dean of the School of Pharmacy explained why the program is being offered in a press release.
“Medical cannabis has been legalized in 33 states, including Maryland, as well as in Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico,” Dr. Eddington said. “This number is only expected to increase in the future, fueling a demand for an educated workforce that is well-trained in both the science and therapeutic effects associated with this medicinal plant. Our MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics has been critically designed to prepare students to meet this demand. Innovations in instructional design throughout the curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact on communities across the United States.”
Clearly, medical marijuana is being taken more seriously and has finally become more acceptable in our society as more and more people turn to it as a viable healthcare option.
“The MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics is an incredibly unique program,” Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science assistant professor Leah Sera said. “Faculty from the School of Pharmacy who lead courses for the program are experts in both basic and clinical sciences related to the study of medications, and are dedicated to making coursework both interesting and accessible to all students. There is truly no other educational program that offers the in-depth instruction on the science, policy, and therapeutics of medical cannabis that students who are accepted into our program will receive.”
“Students who complete our program will have an unparalleled competitive advantage when it comes to pursuing or advancing a career in the medical cannabis industry,” Sera continued. “These individuals will be well-prepared to support patients and the medical cannabis industry with the knowledge and skills gained from their coursework. They will also be able to add to existing clinical and scientific research on medical cannabis, and will be able to contribute to well-informed policies related to medical cannabis.”
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Patients will be relieved to know they can talk to someone who has the proper expertise to help them design a medical marijuana regimen that relieves their symptoms. This degree is just more validation of marijuana and makes a stronger case for complete legalization across the nation. Other universities should follow the University of Maryland’s lead.
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