Cannabis was legalized for medicinal use over 20 years ago, and last November we finally voted on the legalization of recreational, “adult” use. This was a major turning point for the industry! Such a turning point, that my alma mater Sonoma State University partnered with United Patients Group to offer a 1 day course titled Medical Cannabis: A Clinical Focus.
“United Patients Group, a medical cannabis education organization, and Sonoma State University are teaming up to offer what they say is the first medical cannabis course from a major public university in the country.
The course marks a watershed moment in medical education and the nation’s rapidly evolving acceptance of marijuana, according to UPG and Sonoma State.” – [Toke Signals]
This course was today, but I’m sure it will be the first of many to come!
5 years ago…
Things were different.
Still the same Sonoma State University in the middle of the Emerald Triangle,
but things were different.
It was the end of the first month of my freshman year at Sonoma State. I was going from class to the gym to rush events hoping to get a bid from Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. Almost everyone was on probation after drinking to much the first few weeks, but not me. I kept out of trouble and focused on my goals. One day after the last Rush event, I invited a few of my future pledge brothers back to my dorm. We decided to smoke, and then hung out for about 20 minutes. As we were leaving to go get food, the worst possible situation occurred: My fire alarm went off..
We didn’t know why because it had been some time since we had smoked, but we had to make a decision quick. I knew everyone else was on probation so I told everyone to run and I would take the blame. I figured that I would be given the same probation sentence for cannabis as my friends had received for alcohol…
I was wrong
I admitted to having one gram of medical cannabis, and was immediately kicked out of the dorms. No probation. No second chance. No refund from the dorms. Nothing. It’s crazy that a harmless plant was the cause for such drastic changes in my educational path.
I think education is the most important thing, and I live by the quote “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” I hope more Universities “grow up” and realize the true benefits of this plant. The medicinal and economic benefits are INSANE…
But you knew that 😉