University of Maryland Cancels Medical Marijuana Training Classes

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NEWS byChris Moore

State law requires that MMJ employees be trained, but training is currently unavailable in Maryland.

University of Maryland officials have cancelled plans to offer training courses tailored for the medical marijuana industry. The university's School of Pharmacy intended to begin these courses this semester, but school officials decided to cancel the classes indefinitely after a consultation with the Maryland Attorney General's office. “If there’s any question of the law, they are often consulted,” said Alex Likowski, a spokesman for the University of Maryland, Baltimore. “Regarding medical cannabis, even though Maryland and many other states have approved it, it’s still illegal under U.S. law.”

The medical marijuana courses would have offered both basic and advanced certifications in cultivation, laboratory standards and assessment, manufacturing, and processing. School of Pharmacy officials said that they were not endorsing cannabis use, but instead offering employment training for the medical marijuana industry, which is currently ramping up production across the state.

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