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.



Recreational marijuana sales start Jan. 1. Here's how weed does, and doesn't affect your health

Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune, December 4, 2017

The FDA cried fraud in October, accusing companies in Florida, Colorado and California of illegally selling marijuana-derived products that supposedly could prevent, treat or cure cancer.

The advertising claims were unsubstantiated, said the FDA, and the products hadn’t been submitted for approval.

It was a public shaming that also served as a timely buyer-beware message for California, where the sale of marijuana will be expanded from medical purposes to recreational use in January.

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Don't feast on edible marijuana until you read this

Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune, November 17, 2017

Will you be having a bit of marijuana with your bacon? Or a pinch of it in your coffee? Or a dab in the syrup you’ll pour on your pancakes?

The choice is yours.

To the joy and alarm of many, cannabis is being infused in virtually every type of food and drink, from ravioli and BBQ to juices and cider.

Medical marijuana users have long consumed edibles to alleviate pain, fight insomnia and boost their appetites.

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California Highway Patrol Impaired Driving Task Force Meeting

Drs. Thomas Marcotte, Rob Fitzgerald, and Barth Wilsey attended the inaugural meeting of the California Highway Patrol Impaired Driving Task Force meeting on October 3, 2017. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 2429.7, the impaired driving task force will develop recommendations for best practices, protocols, proposed legislation, and other policies that will address the issue of impaired driving in California. The task force will also examine the use of technology, including field testing technologies and validated field sobriety tests, to identify drivers under the influence of prescription drugs, cannabis, and controlled substances.

Higher Education

Jim Benning, Westways, October, 2017

In the leafy Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, men and women are lighting joints, getting high, and then climbing behind the wheel. It’s just the kind of scenario that safety advocates feared when California voters approved the recreational use of marijuana last November. Except in this case, the wheel isn't connected to a car, but to a driving simulator.

These individuals are taking part in a three-year, statefunded $1.8 million study on the impact of marijuana on driving ability. Researchers at the University of California at San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research hope to answer a few key questions: Exactly how does marijuana affect a person’s ability to drive? How can officers most accurately measure levels of THC (marijuana’s active ingredient) in motorists and whether these drivers are impaired?

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Thomas Marcotte, PhD

Presentation before the Canadian House of Commons
(September 2017)

Igor Grant, MD

UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Medicinal Cannabis
(July 2017)

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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