Canadian Government Announces $24.5 Million For Cannabis Research

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.

Bill Blair - once the Canadian government’s point man on cannabis legalization, now the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction - made the announcement at the University of Calgary.

Blair said that “the work that is done here … is going to make the world a better, healthier and safer place,” according to a report from the CBC.

The money will be used to fund 26 projects. Three specific projects were announced, which will take place in Calgary. Those will focus on research around cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (sometimes called ‘scromiting’), youth cannabis education and harm reduction, and cannabis treatments for migraines. 

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