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California Awards $30 Million To Study Cannabis

Included in the grants are some massive studies

We’re soon going to learn a whole lot about cannabis in California.

An often overlooked provision of California’s landmark legalization measure — Proposition 64 — set aside funds for research grants to study the impacts of cannabis. Well, the Bureau of Cannabis Control recently announced that it is awarding nearly $30 million in grants of up to $2 million to a host of public universities across the state — including Humboldt State University — to study various aspects of cannabis, including public health, public safety and economic and environmental impacts.

“The research conducted through these public university grants will provide critical information for evaluating our legal cannabis system and its impacts,” Bureau Chief Lori Ajax said in a press release. “This research will be a valuable tool to inform future cannabis policy in California.”

Included in the grants are some massive studies. For example, the University of California at San Francisco received $2 million to conduct a “comprehensive analysis” of cannabis exposure on the developing brain, while UC Santa Barbara got $2 million to study the impacts of farm practices on the quantity, quality and toxicity of surface water emissions from cannabis cultivation sites. UC Davis, meanwhile, got $1 million to study cannabis use’s impacts on early psychosis, while UCLA received $1 million to assess “the feasibility and consequences of implementing a cannabis potency tax in California” and UC Berkeley received $465,000 to explore issues surrounding tribal sovereignty over cannabis permitting on Native ancestral lands.

Closer to home, HSU received $183,000 to study the economic impact of cannabis legalization in rural Northern California. The study will be headed by Sonoma State University professor of economics Robert Eyler and done in collaboration with the Humboldt Business Development Center (HBDC) and the California Center for Rural Policy at HSU.

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