Monday, January 13, 2014

Colorado officials want to grant $7 million for medical pot studies

Courtesy of The Denver Post
State health officials want to offer $7.1 million in research grants to scrutinize growing claims about medically beneficial properties of marijuana and its derivatives.

State medical leaders feel urgency to tackle what could be a fast-spreading movement of patients and families to Colorado, seeking untested marijuana-derived cures. Families with seizure-plagued children have pursued purified cannabidiol from a legal Colorado Springs dispensary after anecdotal reports of success.

Most cannabis research has been blocked by federal laws that largely prohibit scientists from obtaining or handling marijuana products. The state health department believes years of legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado give researchers the chance to responsibly investigate claims of what it can do to heal illness.

"Our role is to ensure it's evidence-based and that good science is being used to protect patient safety," said state health director Dr. Larry Wolk. The department wants the state legislature to approve a new use for the money.

The $7.1 million is a surplus built up from registration fees at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment under the legalization of medically prescribed marijuana.
By Michael Booth, The Denver Post
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