TJU Offers Courses in Budding Industry
The institution leads the way in medical marijuana education
With medical marijuana on its way to becoming a multibillion dollar industry, the need for education on the topic is growing. Thomas Jefferson University is about to become the first in the country to offer graduate programs in the field.
This fall, the University will offer two graduate certificate programs in cannabis medicine and cannabinoid pharmacology. A third course is planned that will offer a master’s degree.
“Jefferson has sort of carved out a pioneer space in the legal cannabis world from a scientific and medical perspective,” says Charles Pollack, head of the Lambert Center, a first-of-its-kind institution dedicated to marijuana education and research.
He said that because the federal government does not recognize legal use of marijuana, there is a lack of guidance and involvement normally provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Jefferson, in an effort to fill that void, has enlisted experts from around the world to serve as faculty in its programs. Most of the classes are online, and tuition for the one-year program is about $14,000.