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Thomas Jefferson University Lands $3M for Marijuana Research

Thomas Jefferson University lands $3M for marijuana research.

  • At a frustrated breaking point with the lack of improvement in Katelyn’s condition, Katelyn’s father Michael Lambert risked his freedom to obtain cannabis oil from Denmark.
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  • Thomas Jefferson University’s Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research will now be renamed to The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp in honor of the altruistic Aussie.
  • In 2015, Lambert donated a whopping $26 million to the University of Sydney to establish a cannabis research center now called the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics.
  • Today, Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University is celebrating their latest impressive donation – $3 million from an Australian banking magnate to expand their Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research.

When wealthy Americans show a lack support for medical marijuana, just leave it to the Aussie’s to step in and save the day. Today, Philadelphia’s Thomas

@mjdotc: Thomas Jefferson University lands $3M for marijuana research.

When wealthy Americans show a lack support for medical marijuana, just leave it to the Aussie’s to step in and save the day. Today, Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University is celebrating their latest impressive donation — $3 million from an Australian banking magnate to expand their Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research.

This hefty chunk of change comes from Australian philanthropist Barry Lambert, who has experienced the “miraculous” effect of cannabis first-hand by watching his granddaughter achieve previously impossible relief from her seizures by using cannabis oil.

Lambert’s five-year-old granddaughter Katelyn was diagnosed as an infant with Dravett’s Syndrome, a ruthless form of epilepsy that induces merciless and repetitive seizures. Her first few years of life were spent in and out of hospitals where she was heavily dosed with traditional epilepsy drugs.

Finally, at a frustrated breaking point with the lack of improvement in Katelyn’s condition, Katelyn’s father Michael Lambert risked his freedom to obtain cannabis oil from Denmark. The hemp-derived oil had a more drastic effect than the Lamberts could have ever imagined.“It’s been miraculous,” Barry Lambert explained to

“It’s been miraculous,” Barry Lambert explained to philly.com . “Now she’s speaking to some extent and runs around and laughs and enjoys life like any normal 5-year-old.”

Barry Lambert, founder of Count Financial, Australia’s largest network of accounting and financial advisors, said he personally has never ingested cannabis. Lambert was more or less indifferent towards marijuana until he saw the drastic effect it had on his granddaughter’s vicious seizures.

Now Lambert is somewhat of a pioneer in medical marijuana research, providing much-needed funding to universities in Australia and the United States. In 2015, Lambert donated a whopping $26 million to the University of Sydney to establish a cannabis research center now called the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. This research facility provides a unique opportunity for two prominent health science universities to collaborate across the globe on progressing medical marijuana research.

Thomas Jefferson University’s Center for Medical Cannabis Education and Research will now be renamed to The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp in honor of the altruistic Aussie. The Lambert Center will focus on studying marijuana’s primary components, THC and CBD, and their interaction with a variety of disorders such as epilepsy, PTSD and chronic neuropathic pain.

Lambert chose Thomas Jefferson University because of their exceptional health sciences department, their professionalism, innovation, and solid scientific approach. Barry and his wife visited the University in October and were thrilled with the work being done.

“Joy and I were extremely impressed with Jefferson’s rapid progress in the field of medicinal cannabis research,” Lambert said. He continued to boast about their “innovative approach to exploring all avenues for new therapies to include using hemp-derived cannabinoids.”

Charles V. Pollack Jr., director of the Jefferson Institute for Emerging Health Professions, explained in an interview on Wednesday that this generous donation is “a huge boost of momentum to pursue the most promising ideas and potential therapies for a range of conditions.” While Thomas Jefferson University researchers have confirmed medical marijuana can help treat a variety of conditions, Pollack says that Lambert’s donation will help further research to developing actual care strategies.

Hopefully this historic move by Lambert is the push other deep-pocketed philanthropists to join in this historic medical marijuana movement.

That particular university is a perfectly fitting choice, since Thomas Jefferson himself was an experienced cannabis farmer. I have little doubt that Jefferson would angrily challenge the legitimacy of our modern federal “marihuana” law, which definitely qualifies as the type of “tyranny over the mind” of women and men to which he once swore “eternal hostility.” Also, I often wonder about the what-ifs when such scientific news breaks: What if any of the compounds in cannabis flowers help scientists find the cure for cancer they’ve been seeking? What if heartless morons like former DEA administrator Michele Leonhart (retiring in comfort at taxpayer expense), pending DEA administrator Jeff Sessions from Alabama (who could use a Smoke Sesh or two), Chris Christie from New Jersey, Mike Pence from Indiana, Chuck (‘grass’-hating) Grassley from Iowa, Paul Ryan from Wisconsin, et al, were to seriously consider the fact that they’ve been wrong about cannabis plants all along? What if our leaders finally agreed to bust down the walls of political gridlock and entirely erase the fraudulent word “marihuana” from the Controlled Substances Act? They could simply rename the federal regulator the Bureau of Alcohol, Cannabis, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to start maximizing cannabis production and commerce in all 50 states.

Hopefully, the USA donations will do better than pushing Cannabis law reform back a decade as he has in Australia. Here in Australia, his $34m donation to Pharma Cannabis, (too risky for his own grand daughter) means his son is illegally importing Cannabis from Colorado to Australia to then make (good) but illegal hash then oil for the child. One result of this has been multiple Bills and legislature in 20015 to 2016, to actually change the definition of Cannabis in Australia from a “plant” to a “suite of products” that do not need to include the plant Cannabis at all. This also includes as a result of legislation in November, “synthetics” (not from a plant) are now legally defined as medical Cannabis. With media being government controlled, even the majority of the population are not aware unless they look at the bills or legislature that government make purposely confusing, and in some bills increasing penalties against Cannabis patients, caregivers, and growers, the word “Cannabis” is not even in the bill thought the Bill is about Cannabis. Those in Australia that understand Bills, laws, and definitions do not change themselves view MR Lambert and his actions as very pro – prodhibition and will take years to fix what he has done here in Australia.

Thomas Jefferson University Lands $3M for Marijuana Research

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