US (MD): UMD celebrates first graduating class for Masters in Medical Cannabis, first of its kind in the country

Medical cannabis was legalized in Maryland in 2014. Shortly after that, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy started looking into developing a medical cannabis program. They created the first graduate program for this field in the country, the Master of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program. In spring of 2021, their first class graduated the program.

"It's an overwhelming amount of accomplishment that we all managed to do this," said Dr. Leah Sera, who led the development of this program.

Her passion in this field started during her residency in hospice care, seeing how cannabis helped her patients. Now she's excited to be part of this new wave of knowledge.

"Our thought was, if we can create a foundation of knowledge in people that are coming from all different practice areas, we can provide them with the knowledge that exists right now so they can go back out into their different practice settings and educate patients, healthcare professionals, researchers and then contribute to developing new knowledge," said Dr. Sera 


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