U.S. Congress Seeks to Expand CBD and Medical Marijuana Research

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.Read More →

Cannabis Research Initiative aims to collect data on impacts of marijuana in LA (Daily Bruin)

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 initiativeRead More →

New Study: Research grade cannabis supplied by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is genetically divergent from commercially available Cannabis

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 variousRead More →

North American Cannabis Summit

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,Read More →

New Cannabis Research Center to explore environmental, social impacts of legalization

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 CaliforniaRead More →