Temple University to offer pot policy class to some students

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 6, 2016 9:00 AM

In this March 10, 2016, photo, former U.S. Marine, Mike Whiter lights a marijuana cigarette before he starts editing a video project at his home in Philadelphia. A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat PTSD. While the research has been contradictory and limited, some former members of the military say marijuana helps them manage their anxiety, insomnia and nightmares. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Philadelphia) -- Temple University in Philadelphia plans to offer communications students the opportunity to take a class that analyzes marijuana policy and its history of prohibition.

Professor Linn Washington says he's partnering with a marijuana reform advocate to teach the Marijuana in the News course next spring.

The class will be available to communications students who could encounter the issue in their professions, including aspiring journalists and public relations specialists.

The course will be available to undergraduate and graduate students at the university's main campus.

The class will be cancelled if minimum registration requirements aren't met, though Washington says they're anticipating a "high enrollment."

Several other universities throughout the country also offer marijuana policy courses, including the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Denver.

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