August 9, 2018
By: Arek Sarkissian
The University of Florida’s Levin College of Law will offer a fall semester course on medical cannabis, joining at least one other law school in the state.
Orlando lawyer Tara L. Tedrow will teach the course. She said the 25 open seats in the class quickly filled up with students, a UF professor and a member of the community.
Tedrow said the subject will become essential as the state’s industry continues to grow. Florida Department of Health officials expect to see roughly 500,000 active users within the next two years.
“I want students to understand — even if you don’t want to practice medical marijuana law, at some point you will come across it in your field,” said Tedrow, a member of the firm Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed.
Tedrow’s course is one of at least two with a sole focus on medical marijuana. Florida A&M College of Law will offer a similar class at its campus in Orlando.
The UF course will begin Aug. 31 and has been compressed to a three-day weekend. UF Law Associate Dean Jason Nance said the short schedule allows working professionals like Tedrow to teach. “It allows us to bring in working professionals without them facing the burden of the commute,” Nance said.
UF will decide on a spring course after it reviews Tedrow’s class, Nance said.