By OCC Staff
William “Stash” Jones
Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recently received a 3 million dollar donation from Australian philanthropists Barry and Joy Lambert directly for the schools Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp.
“Joy and I were extremely impressed with Jefferson’s rapid progress in the field of medicinal cannabis research and innovative approach to exploring all avenues for new therapies to include using hemp-derived cannabinoids,” Barry Lambert said in a press release. “We believe that solving big problems requires courage and big ideas, and that is what we’ve seen at TJU and in the United States where 21st-century laws and scientific approaches exist to the use of hemp as a safe and effective source of medicinal cannabis. We’re proud the center will bear our name.”
Lambert founded Count Financial, a business that supports accounting firms. He became interested in medical marijuana after his granddaughter was diagnosed with Dravet’s syndrome. The rare condition causes severe seizures and cannabis is one of the only known treatments.
“We are extremely grateful to the Lamberts for this bold and visionary gift, which will have an immediate impact on our research and education efforts,” explained Charles Pollack Jr., director of the Institute of Emerging Health Professions, in a statement. “From the start we have had an ambitious agenda to elevate the science that underpins the therapeutic use of cannabinoids, and this donation provides a huge boost of momentum to pursue the most promising ideas and potential therapies for a range of conditions.”
The Lambert’s have donated to major research efforts in Australia, as well. Additional research into cannabis is welcome in the U.S., and having another wealthy philanthropist involved will only bring more funding to the table. Hopefully more states will realize the potential benefits of cannabis and join the states that have chosen compassion and not fear.
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