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Marijuana in Research & Teaching
Marijuana Experts at Rutgers
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Marijuana researchers and current research activities from the Research With Rutgers University Portal. Includes information on collaboration.
Marijuana at Rutgers: What Students Need to Know
MEDICAL AMNESTY: Rutgers strongly encourages students to call a University Official and/or Medical Professional for medical assistance for themselves or for community members who are dangerously under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No student seeking medical treatment for the effects of drug or alcohol use will be subject to university discipline for violations. See more on Medical Amnesty.
Rutgers Courses Related to Marijuana
Cannabis: From Counter Culture to Cure-All
Syllabus of a marijuana-related course taught at the School of Arts and Sciences yearly with the goal "to push past the media hype, big money, and politics and examine the state of the scientific evidence." This course is designed to teach basic principles of numerous scientific fields from the vantage of Cannabis Sativa. We will consider the pharmacology, physiology, and neurobiology of its most well-known active ingredients - THC and CBD. We will delve into cannabis’ influence on human behavior and health, and its potential to cause (and cure?) addiction.
Hemp and Medical Cannabis
Syllabus of the course offered yearly in the fall semesters at the Department of Plant Biology, SEBS. The course discusses the history and classification of Cannabis and its horticulture, focusing on primary production and post-harvest handling and processing technologies, chemistry (e.g., THC, CBD, fatty acids, fiber content, adulteration), quality (safety and efficacy), legal and regulatory issues, and agricultural commercialization of new Cannabis crops.
Topics in Companion Animal Issues: Animals and Health
Typically offered in the fall semester, this course allows students to further explore current health-related concerns of companion animals (dogs and cats). It discusses use of cannabis in companion animals as one of many topics, including issues related to toxicology, pharmacokinetics, safety, clinical treatment, and more in veterinary medicine. See more in syllabus.
Rutgers in the News
Rutgers faculty discusses importance of safety regarding marijuana legalization in NJ
Diane Calello, executive medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said legalizing marijuana will result in increased regulation of products due to required testing for contamination. (Nov. 18, 2020)
Marijuana Legalization: Your Questions Answered
Stuart Green, a criminal law expert and distinguished professor of law at Rutgers Law School, talked to Rutgers Today about proposed legislation, what it may mean for the amount of revenue the state generates, and how and when New Jerseyans could expect to sell, purchase and consume legal weed. (Nov. 16, 2020)
Rutgers declines growing medical marijuana to not risk federal funding
Article on nj.com following the story as it evolved. From 2010, with updates and links.
For the Community
Photo credit: Greg W. Roth, Department of Plant Science, Penn State University.