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.


With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

Igor Grant, The Conversation, November 16, 2016

On Nov. 8 voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada approved ballot measures to legalize recreational cannabis. It is now legal in a total of eight states. And this creates potential problems for road safety. How do we determine who’s impaired and who’s not?

The effects of alcohol vary based on a person’s size and weight, metabolism rate, related food intake and the type and amount of beverage consumed. Even so, alcohol consumption produces fairly straightforward results: The more you drink, the worse you drive. Factors like body size and drinking experience can shift the correlation slightly, but the relationship is still pretty linear, enough to be able to confidently develop a blood alcohol content scale for legally determining drunk driving. Not so with marijuana.

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Now what? A dispensary owner, a scientist, a defense expert and a city manager reflect on the new pot law

Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2016

Carl Clines, a soft-spoken entrepreneur in a white lab coat, owns California Alternative Caregivers, a marijuana dispensary on the second floor of a funky two-story office building on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice.

A banner hanging from the balcony announces “the oldest and most female-friendly collective in the city of Los Angeles.”

With only about 1,200 square feet, the dispensary is maze-like, with a reception area on one level and the cannabis display hidden in the back, up a short staircase.

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Prop 64: Pot tax to pay for scientific research of marijuana use

Sanden Totten, KPCC, November 11, 2016

The passage of Proposition 64 not only legalized the use of recreational marijuana, it also sets aside much needed money for research into the drug's effects.

Starting in 2018, Californians 21 and over will be able to buy and use pot without having to get a medical prescription. But this has public health researchers wondering what the impacts will be on individuals and society.

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Igor Grant, MD

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

Barth Wilsey, MD

Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit;
Bethesda, MD (March 2016)


Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C) American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

McGill University Health Centre - Research Institute
(February 2015)

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