The University of Maryland announced that they will be cancelling their medical marijuana training program for nurses. The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has expressed concerns from their legal department considering that the plant is still federally illegal.
The degree program is cancelled indefinitely.
Citing legal concerns, the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has canceled plans to offer training for those who work in the medical marijuana industry,
After consulting with the Maryland attorney general’s office, the university asked pharmacy school officials to cancel the classes, a university spokesman said.
While marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes in Maryland, 28 other states and the District of Columbia, the administration of President Donald J. Trump has not indicated how it will handle enforcement of the federal marijuana law, which still classifies the drug alongside heroin and LSD.
“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.”
Katherine Bainbridge, chief counsel of the education affairs division in the attorney general’s office, confirmed that she gave advice to the university about the medical marijuana law specific to the courses the pharmacy school planned to offer, but she declined to disclose what the advice was.
While the school said it has suspended the program indefinitely, prospective students seeking to enroll through a university-associated website still see a note that enrollments were “suspended temporarily while the business agreements are being finalized by the university.”
The University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy has called off courses that had been scheduled for students planning careers in the medical marijuana field.
The college made the decision after “consulting with the Maryland attorney general’s office” and then decided to err on the side of caution because of marijuana’s ongoing status as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and the Trump administration’s lack of a clear policy on cannabis, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The school has suspended the MMJ program indefinitely, the newspaper reported, including proposed courses in cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing, laboratory standards and assessments.
Whether the program will be reinstated at some point is still up in the air, and pharmacy school officials did not respond to requests for comment from the Sun.