Philadelphia medical marijuana research center in flux

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(This story has been updated to reflect that The Philadelphia Inquirer’s original version “incorrectly stated the circumstances under which the founder of the marijuana research center at Thomas Jefferson University, Charles Pollack, resigned.”)

A Philadelphia research center that initially was expected to provide an economic boost to the medical cannabis industry faces an uncertain future.

The Lambert Center for the Study of Medical Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University is struggling in the wake of losing key staff and the departure of its founder, Charles Pollack.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s updated story, Pollack resigned in April after self-reporting that he believed there might have been a violation of the university’s policy because he been involved in a nonsexual, nonphysical relationship with a female employee he supervised.

The newspaper reported that Pollack had sent the female employee “amorous emails and slipped notes under her door.”  She rejected his advances.

The Inquirer said the updated details surrounding the resignation came from William Harvey from Klehr Harrison, the firm that conducted an investigation into the matter on behalf of Thomas Jefferson University (TJU).

According to the Inquirer, “Harvey indicated that Pollack’s resignation was finalized weeks before any investigatory report was prepared and that there was no finding in TJU’s investigation that Pollack engaged in sexual harassment.”