News & Events
Lambert Center in the News
- Philly's first health-care backed medical marijuana dispensary set to open
- Medical cannabis, industrial hemp entrepreneurs present ideas at JAZ Tank
- Jefferson University Cannabis Innovation Competition Accepting Submissions
- Jefferson University Offers Medical Marijuana Grad Programs
- Jefferson Announces the mmj.org Initiative to Study Health Outcomes in 100,000 Medical Marijuana Patients
- Balance on cannabis may lead to answers on opioids by Steering Committee member, Dr. Kevin Hill
- Editorial: The lack of health research into marijuana makes it hard to tell people whether it is safe
- Eben Britton & Athletes For Care Team Up With The Lambert Center
- Cannabis & Autism
- Marijuana for Menstrual Cramps? New York Considers Medical Option
- Will Pennsylvania doctors participate in medical marijuana program?
- How the Booming Israeli Weed Industry Is Changing American Pot
- Can Weed Make You a Better Athlete?
- Philly, national experts excoriate Christie's cannabis comments as 'misguided'
- Medical marijuana finds unlikely support -Features Steering Committee member Dr. Casarett
News & Events Archived
October 3rd, 2018
2018 JAZ Tank Challenge: CannaVATION Edition
JAZ® Tank is back for its fourth year and Jefferson Innovation is asking individuals to tap into their inner inventor for the October 3 JAZ® Tank: CannaVATION.
Presented by Jefferson Innovation and the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Jefferson, JAZ® Tank: CannaVATION invites staff, faculty, students and alumni from all of our campuses, as well as the general public, to submit their business models for a medicinal cannabis or industrial hemp product or service.
A panel of judges will review submissions and select finalists to present their business ideas in a 10-minute pitch at Thomas Jefferson University on Wednesday, October 3, for the Grand Prize package* which includes:
Cash – $10,000 in Financial Support*
Legal Support – One Free Provisional or Utility Patent Application
Consultation – Business and Clinical Consulting Services to Build Your Business
* JAZ® reserves the right to award additional prizes
See JAZ® Tank featured on NBC10.
Visit the JAZ® Tank: CannaVATION website!
April 4, 2018
Spinal Cord Injury and Cannabis Program
We are now supporting a spinal cord injury and cannabis program developed by Dr. Dan Graves and his team at the Dep’t of Rehabilitation Medicine.
This project is a three-part approach to providing a foundation for cannabis clinical trials. This proposal combines the long history of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the expertise of the Lambert Center to systematically prepare a foundation for the conduct of clinical trials. Chronic neuropathic pain is a condition experienced by a majority of patients with SCI. However, the research environment for the study of cannabis in SCI is limited. The three sections of this proposal will provide a solid foundation on which to build these trials.
1) The Consumer Training in Research Ethics and Scientific Information on Medical Applications of Cannabis had it first meeting on March 20, 2018, to integrate the patient voice into research design. A selected group of patients with SCI attended this training, which will become an integral component of future research.
2) The large survey of knowledge, experience and attitudes concerning cannabis will inform the research team as to the issues that need to be addressed in recruitment and conduct clinical trials.
3) The final component will be an in depth investigation of the differences in physical health, quality of life, community participation and cognition in self-selected groups of current cannabis users, past cannabis users and non-cannabis users. This will provide needed information for the research team to select possible research questions and potential outcome measures.
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May 2, 2017
Ex-NFL Players Attend Lambert Center Meeting to Discuss Medical Marijuana
During a three-day summit at the Union League of Philadelphia, attendees of various backgrounds from around the world gathered to discuss medical marijuana. Three former NFL players and one former NHL player joined on the second day of the summit. Players in attendance were Todd Herremans, former offensive lineman for the Eagles; Lance Johnston, former defensive end for the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings; Marques Colston, former wide receiver for New Orleans Saints; and Riley Cote, hemp advocate and once an enforcer for the Flyers.
Watch Dr. Charles Pollack's interview with Philly.com here.
March 30, 2017
Dr. Charles Pollack Discusses Cannabis as Medicine with GreenSea Distribution
Read full interview here.
February 22, 2017
Lambert Center Entrepreneurship & Social Impact Initiative Member, Lindy Snider, Invests in Medical Marijuana
Lindy Snider, whose late father, Ed Snider, benefited from medical cannabis when he had metastatic bladder cancer, is dully supporting the shift in Pennsylvania's medical marijuana industry. During the last few months of her father's life, his appetite dwindled but cannabis soon restored that.
Along with being a member of the Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Initiative for The Lambert Center, Snider has a startup called Lindi Skin (skin care products for cancer patients) and serves on the board for KindFinancial (cannabis industry banking).
Snider's goal is to build a 125,000-square-foot cannabis growing facility near the Bucks County line that would employ up to 50 people. If the Pennsylvania Department of Health accepts her application, which is due by March 20th, marijuana production would begin in 2018. Snider has been deemed a front-runner in a pool of about 800 applicants.
See the full article here.
December 22, 2016
Jefferson Receives $1.5 Million from Six Organizations to Support Cannabis Research & Education
The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, funded entirely through philanthropy, has received a combined $1.5 million from six Pennsylvania organizations.
“We are recognizing these organizations as our ‘Founding Supporters’, because these gifts are enabling us to build the research infrastructure of The Lambert Center,” said Charles V. Pollack Jr., MA, MD, Director of Jefferson’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions. “We are very grateful for this cascade of generosity. It’s a strong vote of confidence in this unique academic endeavor.”
The initial six Founding Supporters are: The Tuttleman Family Foundation, PharmaCannis, PA Options for Wellness, Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options, Keystone Wellness Research Fund, LLC, and Oha Wellness.
This support will drive educational initiatives and unbiased medical cannabis research.
Read the full press release here.
December 7, 2016
IEHP receives $3 Million from Australian Philanthropist, Barry Lambert
The Center of Cannabis Research and Education (CMCER) has been renamed to The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University.
Barry Lambert, 70, is renowned in the Australian banking industry for founding Count Financial, Australia’s largest network of accounting-based advisory firms. It was the love only a grandparent can feel that inspired the Lamberts’ philanthropy. As an infant, Barry and Joy’s granddaughter, Katelyn, was diagnosed with Dravet’s syndrome, a rare genetic abnormality that affects the brain's electric signaling system and causes severe and repetitive seizures. Medical cannabis has been shown to be one of the few therapies that mitigates the seizures caused by the condition, and cannabis derived from hemp indeed gave Katelyn substantial relief. The Lamberts’ gift reflects a belief that more study into medicinal cannabis will offer greater hope for others with this and other diverse conditions. Read more from the press release here.
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October 28-30, 2016
Carolina Cannabinoid Collaborative Conference
Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine and its Center for Substance Abuse Research and The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University (LCSMCH) will be co-presenting the 2016 Carolina Cannabinoid Collaborative Conference on October 28th-30th. Over 100 of the country’s leading cannabinoid researchers will gather here in Philadelphia to address recent developments and discoveries. The Conference will feature Keynote speakers, Donald Abrams, MD, Chief of Hematology-Oncology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a member of LCSMCH’s international Academic Steering Committee, and Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, and Director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Read the press release here.