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Calif. Announces $20M for Cannabis Research

The funding will advance work on industry monopolies, market viability and cannabis health impacts.

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California's Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) today announced an initiative to advance public understanding of cannabis and its legalization. The DCC solicited proposals for research projects from public universities in the state that will compete for up to $20 million.

DCC identified specific research topics that will be prioritized for grant funding. According to the DCC, the areas will advance cannabis understanding, address existing research gaps and inform policymakers.

Research topics include:

  • Cannabis potency and health impacts.
  • The health of California’s cannabis industry.
  • Legacy cannabis genetics.
  • Monopolies and unfair competition.
  • Medicinal use of cannabis.

Grant proposals will be accepted from November 1, 2022 until Nov. 30, 2022. Awarded research projects will be announced in early February 2023.

Researchers will be required to make research findings available to the public, at no cost, in order to promote more rapid enhancement of scientific understanding of topics researched.

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