Thomas Jefferson University
Institute of Emerging Health Professions
Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp

Welcome to The Lambert Center


Welcome to The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, in the Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. Our goals are to (1) provide expert-developed, unbiased information to clinicians and patients about the medical uses of marijuana, hemp extract, and other cannabinoid-focused therapies, (2) conduct research and serve as a networking nidus for multicenter, multinational research to evaluate and elevate the evidence basis for cannabinoid therapy in multiple medical conditions, and (3) provide best support for the development of entrepreneurial and socially responsible business and clinical approaches within the emerging medical cannabis industry and (4) explore and develop new ways to use hemp in medical, industrial, and consumer products.

Jefferson is the first major health sciences university in the United States to provide a comprehensive academic resource for the medicinal application and business of cannabis and hemp, in keeping with its nearly 200-year history of innovation in science and medical education. Please check back often as our various initiatives are announced on this site.


Our mission at The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp is to advance the scientific basis, research efforts, educational opportunities, positive social impact opportunities, and patient experience associated with the clinical use of cannabis-derived medicinal therapies.  We also strive to develop new and innovative hemp-based technologies in the medical and industrial spaces.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help support groundbreaking, unbiased medical cannabis research.

We believe that expert, patient-focused pharmacists will play a critical role in future dispensing of medical cannabis products. Jefferson’s Center provides valuable resources and leadership to help create this new class of professionals.

- Patricia A. Epple, CEO, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

We offer a variety of educational opportunities such as continuing education courses for professional development and first-of-their-kind graduate certificates in Cannabis Medicine, Cannabinoid Pharmacology, and Cannabinoid Chemistry and Toxicology. Our courses are developed by world-renowned experts to provide an in-depth look into the world of cannabis science and medicine from a diverse faculty of clinicians and public figures.  


We are comprised of national and international experts in the field of medical cannabis, provides a unique level of academic and scientific leadership. The committee intends to initially publish a comprehensive white paper documenting the current disease state-specific status of cannabis research. Within each recognized “indication”, a prioritized research agenda will be established to guide researchers and funders. On Jefferson University’s East Falls campus, we conduct cutting-edge and unique research into medical and industrial uses of hemp plant components and derivatives.

We will also collaborate with other research institutions around the world to establish clinical and industrialmedicinal research agendas. We will also use a web-based platform to capture both physician-entered and patient-entered data on the indication, dosing, use, efficacy, and adverse effects of medical cannabis.

Jefferson is a leader in innovation, and the launch of The Lambert Center signals the institution’s dedication to embrace the ever-evolving nature of healthcare. Understanding and researching new cutting-edge methods for the treatment of disease is a fundamental goal, and Jefferson is proud to be among the first of its kind to offer resources and support for the revolutionary expansion for medicinal marijuana and cannabinoid-based therapies.

- Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Thomas Jefferson University; CEO, Jefferson Health