John Cannabis, UC Davis, part of a cannabis and hemp panel
John Yoder (center), UC Davis, participates in a Cannabis and Hemp Academic Panel

Cannabis and Hemp: Academia Town Hall Panel

Professor John Yoder, Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, participated in a panel discussion at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in Los Angeles, California, on September 28, 2019.

This groundbreaking assembly of university academics – with expertise in plant science, public policy, law, and student education – addressed the wave of cannabis and hemp curricula in many U.S. universities.

“At UC Davis, we’re interested in the genetics, the biochemistry, and how cannabis plants grow,” said Yoder. “Last year we put on a graduate course that covered cannabis from the plant to the brain receptor interaction, to the clinical, to the legal aspects. And now we have hemp breeding and hemp production programs at UC Davis.”

Based on this expertise, Yoder plans to build a database of 30 or more short videos that address various aspects of cannabis from plant cultivation to the genetics, to the neuro perception and the endocannabinoids, through the clinical side.

“We’ll make these videos available,” said Yoder, “and use them in different courses. There is a need for this type of education, and we have the scientific expertise and credibility to produce them.”

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Panel participants, from left: Maha Haq, John Yoder, Brad Rowe, Robert Solomon, and Dale Sky Jones
Link to the Vimeo video here

Participating in the Academic Town Hall Panel

  • Moderator:
    • Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor, Oaksterdam University
  • Panelists:
    • John Yoder, Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
    • Robert Solomon, Clinical Professor of Law, and Co-Chair, UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis, University of California, Irvine
    • Brad Rowe, Lecturer of Public Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Policy Director for the UCLA Cannabis Initiative
    • Maha Haq, Graduate Student at School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland; President of Cannaclub at UCLA

Additional Information on Cannabis and Hemp from UC Davis

  • Hemp Breeding and Seed Production: Two-day course, October 2019.
  • Plant Sciences website: UC Davis Cannabis and Hemp – Plants to Products Research.
  • UC Davis website: Cannabis and Hemp Research Center.
  • UC Davis partners with DEA-approved company to conduct cannabis research. August 2019.
  • Hemp as a California Crop: UC Davis partners in research agreement. March 2019.
  • Cannabis sativa: The plant and its impact on people – new graduate course at UC Davis. September 2018.

(Article by Ann Filmer, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, October 16, 2019.)


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