Stockton University will partner with Thomas Jefferson University to provide opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate with Jefferson’s Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp within The Institute of Emerging Health Professions.
The new academic and non-academic partnerships will enhance opportunities for students in Stockton’s new Cannabis Studies program.
“The Lambert Center is a leader in the medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp fields,” said Dr. Ekaterina Sedia, coordinator of the Cannabis Studies minor. “We are thrilled that Jefferson will share their knowledge with the students in our Cannabis Studies minor, and offer them additional opportunities. We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial academic relationship.”
Jefferson is the first major health sciences university in the United States to provide a comprehensive academic resource for the medicinal applications of cannabinoids, which can be derived from both marijuana and hemp. Jefferson currently offers unique graduate courses in cannabis medicine and in cannabinoid chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, leading to one of three graduate certificates. Students who complete two certificate programs (eight graduate courses) and a capstone project can earn the nation’s only master’s degree in cannabis studies.
“The Lambert Center at Jefferson is thrilled to extend its reach to undergraduate students who are interested in this exciting and fast-growing field,” said Charles Pollack, MA, MD, the center’s director and associate provost at Jefferson. “We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the expert faculty at Stockton to expand the curricular offerings of both institutions and enhance our shared leadership in all educational aspects of cannabinoid science, research, policy, and practice.”
Stockton also has agreements with three non-academic partners: Relevant, an arm of Reliance Health Care; the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA); and the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association. These partners will provide speakers and materials to Stockton and the local community and internship opportunities to Stockton students.
Dr. Jon Regis, president and CEO of Reliance Medical Group, said they look forward to working with students and faculty
“We are excited to work with students involved in the clinical application of cannabis, and to collaborate with Stockton to administer best practices with clinical evaluation and monitoring of the patients for better outcomes, while strengthening curriculum and instruction,” Regis said.
“As the leading cannabis trade organization in NJ, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Stockton as they continue to develop their pioneering program in Cannabis Studies,” said Kelley Crosson, vice president of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association. “We look forward to working together as this exciting new industry expands, and we congratulate Stockton on their forward-thinking approach.”
Crosson said the NJCIA will provide input and access to cannabis industry thought leaders for classroom lectures and events in a wide range of topics that impact the lives of New Jersey residents – bridging the gap between politics, commerce, and education.
“Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s rapidly evolving cannabis industry is exactly the type of mission we want to undertake, said Scott Rudder, president, New Jersey CannaBusiness Association. “We have subject matter experts that will bring real-world professional experience into the classroom to help support this exciting new program.”
Areas where the NJCBA looks to support Stockton’s Cannabis Studies program include: the complexities of the law, the science behind the plant, cultivation techniques, marketing and packaging strategies, retail operations and challenges, the history of prohibition and legalization efforts. The NJCBA will also work with Stockton to establish a robust internship program between the industry and students.