Thomas Jefferson University to Have Nation’s First Medical Cannabis Certificate Programs

Thomas Jefferson University is launching the first-ever university-based, graduate-level certificate programs in medical cannabis education, reports Philly Voice.

According to school officials, 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. A third certificate program titled Cannabinoid Chemistry and Toxicology will launch next year.

“Our goal at The Lambert Center is to help expand the knowledge base of scientists and clinicians – physicians of every specialty, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists”, says the university. “And these new programs will help advance the knowledge and treatment around medicinal cannabis.”

The Cannabis Medicine Certificate targets clinicians looking to incorporate medical marijuana into their practices. The program will cover pharmacological and pathologic concepts, and current treatment for diseases for which medical marijuana has been proven to be beneficial. It will include “a review of the social, political and cultural debates regarding marijuana.”

The Cannabinoid Pharmacology Certificate is designed to help researchers examine the ways cannabis affects the body and examine how the body metabolizes and excretes cannabis and cannabinoids.

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites, and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help legalize marijuana. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can be reached at

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