University of Maryland offers a Masters in Cannabis Science
The University of Maryland has announced that it will be offering a Master of Science program in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics. Recreational cannabis isn’t yet legal in Maryland (though they’re working on it), but medical cannabis is, and the drug itself has been decriminalized in that state.
The University will offer its degree from a two-year program out of the Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, and is the first graduate program in the country dedicated to studying medical cannabis and its effects. The program is running within the School of Pharmacy, and will look at “the areas of basic science, clinical use, adverse effects and public health, and federal and state laws and policies surrounding medical cannabis.”
If you’re interested, the program does offer online classes, and is currently registering by August 15, for classes that start up on August 26, 2019. It definitely sounds like this will be one of the most in-depth cannabis research programs ever offered, not to mention that at the end of the two years, if you do all of your homework right, you’ll get to end up with a Masters of Science degree. The announcement doesn’t say if you’ll get to toke up, but we’d assume that even if it’s not required, hands-on research will probably supplement the main coursework well, right?
All jokes aside, allowing cannabis to examined and studied in an academic setting is definitely one of the biggest benefits of legalization. When the drug was illegal, research was nearly impossible, but as it legalizes, we’ll be able to train scientists and perform research on exactly how cannabis works and how it affects private and public health. And hopefully, if we can learn to better understand cannabis and its history and effects, we’ll all benefit from the new knowledge that programs like this will impart.