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California Regulator Offers $20 Million For Cannabis Research

By Leo Bear-McGuinness

Published: Oct 06, 2022   

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California’s cannabis regulator will provide $20 million in funding for new cannabis-related research.

In a notice published on October 5, California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) announced it will prioritize topics that will examine the health impacts of cannabis potency, the health of California’s cannabis industry, monopolies and unfair competition, legacy cannabis genetics, and the medicinal use of cannabis.

“California continues to direct millions of dollars to accelerate scientific understanding of cannabis and evaluate the impacts of legalization,” Nicole Elliott, DCC’s director, said in a statement.

“Decades of federal cannabis prohibition has hindered our collective knowledge related to these issues, to the detriment of consumers, communities, our environment and more. Our hope is that research resulting from these grants proves beneficial not only to California policymakers but also to those across the nation and world.”

Grant proposals will be accepted from November 1 until November 30, 2022. Awarded research projects will be announced in early February 2023.

DCC’s academic research grants are funded by legal cannabis taxes in California. The $20 million grant follows a $30 million research grant scheme in 2020 that was awarded to nine universities across the state.

 

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