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 patients and the medical cannabis industry, add to existing research in the field, and develop well-informed medical cannabis policy,” according to a press release from the university.
The new degree is the first graduate program in the United States dedicated to the study of the medicinal use of cannabis. The two-year program will be based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland and is designed for health care practitioners, scientists, regulators, dispensary owners, and other cannabis industry professionals.
“The MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics is an incredibly unique program,” said Dr. Leah Sera, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and director of the new program. “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.”
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