On June 27, 2019, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) co-sponsored the Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion Act. Backed by the American Medical Association (AMA), this bipartisan bill helps bolster scientific research into marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD), one of active compounds in the cannabis plant.
Via CBC: Federal gov’t announces $24.5M in cannabis research grants “For too long many people have based their medical use of cannabis on anecdotal evidence, and frankly that’s not good enough.” The money will fund 26 projects, three of which will be undertaken in Calgary, where researchers will study: Cannabinoid
Excellent article from Green State Report by Amanda Bartlett. It’s an interview with a cannabis DNA expert, Dr. Alisha Holloway, and took place at San Francisco’s very own Exploratorium, which held one of its popular AfterDark events about cannabis. Here are a few bits from this in-depth article, with links
A study published in Frontiers in Public Health looks at the connection between cannabis use and exercise behavior in states within the U.S. that have legalized cannabis use. Specifically, the University of Colorado Boulder study looked at adult usage and the relationship to regular exercise and positive attitudes about exercise.
This just in via the Daily Bruin — an update on the efforts of the UCLA-based Cannabis Research Initiative: As marijuana becomes increasingly popular in Los Angeles, UCLA researchers are studying the drug’s potential benefits and risks. Jeffrey Chen, the executive director of the Cannabis Research Initiative, said the initiative
Abstract from the full report on the study conducted: Public comfort with Cannabis (marijuana and hemp) has recently increased, resulting in previously strict Cannabis regulations now allowing hemp cultivation, medical use, and in some states, recreational consumption. There is a growing interest in the potential medical benefits of the various
This just in via Daily Hive: The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is joining with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to provide $1.5 million in funding for research into how cannabis can be used to manage the symptoms of MS as well as its effect on the disease. Read more here. Also
This new report from the Transnational Institute (TNI) puts the spotlight on the Netherlands as far as its interesting and storied cannabis policy and regulations go. The Netherlands has long been considered a leader of progressive drug policy, but it is increasingly being left behind by policy innovations outside Europe.
Via the Boston Globe: I was honored to serve last week as the emcee of the equity-themed 2019 North American Cannabis Summit in Los Angeles, an important gathering of non-industry marijuana stakeholders organized by Massachusetts-based Advocates for Human Potential. When I wasn’t reminding people where to find their bagged lunches,
From Berkeley News: UC Berkeley’s new Cannabis Research Center, announced today by a multidisciplinary team of faculty, will explore how cannabis production impacts the environment and society, and how these impacts will evolve under new regulations set in place by legalization. While other research groups in the University of California