A Sonoma State University medical cannabis course is bringing light to the need of education in the marijuana space. Many professionals are grabbing on to opportunities that will inform them on many health related details of medical cannabis. The Sonoma State University medical cannabis course will be a one-day program, teaching professionals the use of cannabis in medical care. This limited program is showing educators around the state that a broader education will be needed to further the progression and existence of medical and recreational marijuana laws.
After about a year of discussions with a medical cannabis education organization, Sonoma State University will finally be offering its first course in medical cannabis in March.
But don’t go thinking about changing majors yet.
The one-day program for those in the health care industry will only cover the use of cannabis in medical care.
Now that municipalities are putting rules into place regarding medical cannabis—as mandated by the state—doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals are catching up on their education about the drug, which has been legal medicinally since 1996.
Bridging the gap is United Patients Group, a medical cannabis education and consulting nonprofit based in Greenbrae in Marin County.
UPG provides cannabis education conferences at universities, and medical and governmental institutions like Dominican University, California Northstate University, and private summits, including attendees from the Utah government, medical professionals and the Mormon Church.
Titled Medical Cannabis: A Clinical Focus, the SSU symposium is intended as an intense workforce development course, according to Robert Eyler, dean, School of Extended and International Education, where it is offered.
Nurses, physicians, and pharmacists can get credit for the course which will be on held March 11 and taught by Eloise Theisen, RN, MSN. It will cover subjects such as the history of cannabis, an introduction to cannabinoids and terpenes, dosing and administration, legal implications, and other medical-related issues.
The school is also planning a three-day course on regulatory cannabis issues later in March.
Despite the offerings, the university has no plans and is “no where close” to offering a major in cannabis, Eyler emphatically stated. Because the university is a public entity, and cannabis is illegal at the federal level, the school is currently barred from offering anything more than medical cannabis education.
“We have no intention of offering courses about entrepreneurship or the business side of it,” he said.