As Securing Funds For Cannabis Research Continues To Be Difficult, Dispensaries Are Picking Up The Slack

A New Mexico cannabis dispensary has taken on a fundraising drive to help support the University of New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Research Fund, a project intended to study veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Medicinal marijuana dispensary Ultra Health recently raffled off gift baskets as a way of generating some funding for UNM's ongoing project. Susan Bill, director of operations for Ultra Health says this kind of research still is tough to get funded by the government, and she felt her company could be giving back to the community.

"This research is so important. There are so many things [cannabis] can do and it can help so many people on so many levels, not just health-wise, but also economically. We’re still in prohibition with it and there’s not a lot of government funding out there for this research, so we have to raise it in our communities.”

Dr. Jacob Miguel Vigil, who oversees the Medical Cannabis Research Fund, is very thankful for the fundraising done by Bill and her partners. He says the funding they've provided will be a great help in expanding their research.

"We will be able to expand our current study of the effectiveness of medical cannabis for treating New Mexican Veterans with PTSD by an additional 20 participants, allowing us to better assess the potential of medicinal cannabis to heal those who have given so much for our country and our freedom," said Vigil.

"Every single cent that is donated to the MCRF is used to support the direct costs of research necessary to improve both the safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis as a pharmaceutical agent for human consumption."


Because it has been illegal or stigmatized for decades, the body of cannabis research available is, in many ways, incomplete. But Canada’s federal government is taking advantage of the country’s status as the only G7 country to have legalized marijuana and addressing that issue. It was announced yesterday that nearly 25 million dollars will be used to fund cannabis research in Canada.

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