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USUniversity of Maryland Starts Nation’s First Medical Marijuana Master’s Degree Program

02:30  06 september  2019
02:30  06 september  2019 Source:   usnews.com

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Brandon Coleman, 27, joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from the University of Maryland—College Park in 2013. He became a firefighter in Maryland, but had to look for another career after being diagnosed with epilepsy.

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Coleman's experience with medical marijuana after his diagnosis, what he calls his longtime "love affair" with cannabis, and his interest in the science of the drug led him to start working as a wellness consultant (also known as a "budtender") in a Columbia dispensary in January 2019. He became the store's purchasing manager, responsible for inventory and working with growers, processors and other dispensaries throughout the state.

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The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) is now accepting applications for the nation ' s first graduate program dedicated to The school' s new Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics is a two-year program designed to “provide students with the

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Coleman became a student at UMD again this semester to earn his degree in the nation's first program offering a Master of Science dedicated to the study of medical cannabis. Coleman was one of 150 students selected to enroll (out of 506 applicants) in the School of Pharmacy's program, which explores cannabis from myriad angles, including clinical care, science and policy. The classes are online, but students must travel to the university a handful of times throughout the two-year program.

UMD School of Pharmacy Dean Natalie Eddington says the university was motivated to start the program after reading academic literature showing that students in schools of pharmacy, medicine and nursing don't feel like they have a proper understanding of medical cannabis.

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"We thought, medical cannabis is now in more than 30 states, and there needs to be a comprehensive program that really addresses medical cannabis to dispel some myths and provide some evidence that supports the clinical efforts of medical cannabis," says Eddington, who is also a professor in the program.

She also says the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report in 2017 that showed the need for a medical marijuana master's degree program. Eddington says the report, based on the review of over 10,000 scientific abstracts from cannabis health research, made about 100 conclusions about the therapeutic and health effects of cannabis.

Eddington highlights the importance of additional research to develop a better understanding of the plant and other diseases it might help.

"We want to train the future workforce that might be interested in conducting research," she says, adding that students will not be working directly with the plant but will be studying the current body of research and learning about the research process.

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The University of Maryland is launching a master ’ s degree program to instruct students on the science and regulation of medical marijuana . The new Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics will “provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to support

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Beyond research, Eddington says the program supports a variety of career paths, from cannabis growers to dispensary workers, paralegals and people in the sales or marketing industries.

"This program is really designed to support what we have seen in the literature as it relates to the emerging careers associated with medical cannabis," Eddington says.

Coleman says his career goal is to be in charge of operations and sales for a vertically integrated medical cannabis company, where the business grows and sells the drug.

"I plan to use the networking opportunities from this program to establish those links and learn more from other people in the industry, but also learn what's necessary to be successful if I decide to move from my current part of the industry," Coleman says.

Coleman and his fellow students are required to attend a symposium this month at the Universities at Shady Grove – a University of Maryland campus in Montgomery County where the program is based – during which they'll meet their classmates and faculty for the first time and learn from panels of industry experts.

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Joe Stone, a 50-year-old student in the program, will be traveling from his home in Naples, Florida. Stone, who works in investments and banking, is more interested in the business side of the cannabis industry. In a dream world, he says he'd been a craft cannabis grower, though he notes that wouldn't be possible with Florida's current cannabis laws.

Stone says he learned how to grow cannabis as a teenager in West Virginia and has always been interested in the drug. He wanted to study biology in college in hopes of working with the plant, but with the Reagan administration's war on drugs in the 1980s, he decided to study business instead and has been in the investment and banking industry for three decades.

"I saw this program and thought maybe it's time to go back (to working with cannabis) now that it's a different environment," Stone says.

Stone says one of his first class assignments was to write a discussion post describing why he chose to join the medical marijuana program.

Both he and Coleman said they were surprised to read responses from students who live all around the country. Patricia Fanning, a senior media relations specialist at the University of Maryland—Baltimore, told U.S. News in an email that two students are enrolled in the program from Australia, and two others are enrolled from Hong Kong.

"It's impressive to see the amount of enthusiasm and motivation to even get to the symposium, let alone participate in the whole program (from far away)," Coleman says. "So I think that says a lot about the program. It says a lot about cannabis, too."

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