The purpose of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is to coordinate rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions.



Hatch Introduces Medical Marijuana Research Bill

Press Release, September 13, 2017

Washington, D.C.– Today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, or MEDS Act, to improve the process for conducting scientific research on marijuana as a safe and effective medical treatment. In introducing this legislation, Senator Hatch was joined by Senator Schatz (D-HI) and cosponsors Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).

“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” Hatch said. “Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

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Medical Marijuana and the Role of the Physician

Elizabeth Gardner, Anesthesiology News, July 12, 2017

Chicago—If an oncology practice hasn’t already started fielding inquiries from patients about medical marijuana, it’s probably only a matter of time, now that last November’s election has pushed the tally of medical marijuana states above 50%.

As availability grows, it’s important to understand the nuances of medical marijuana—what it will and won’t do, what forms are most effective for which uses, and how to determine whether it’s the best option for a given patient, said Judith Paice, PhD, RN, the director of the cancer pain program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. Dr. Paice reviewed the current state of medical marijuana research at the 17th Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium.

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Driving Stoned: San Diego Scientists Try To Find DUI Limit For Marijuana

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS, June 7, 2017

On Friday and Saturday nights, according to roadside surveys conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one out of five drivers has a drug other than alcohol in their system.

The agency says the drug that showed the greatest increase between 2007 and 2014 was marijuana.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says after alcohol, marijuana is the drug most commonly involved in crashes.

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American Psychological Association Plenary Address: Marijuana as Medicine: Can we see past the smoke?
Denver, CO (August 2016)

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Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit;
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(February 2015)

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