Colorado officials have recommended that the state fund eight different studies on the benefits of medical cannabis, including two for childhood epilepsy, two for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), one for inflammatory bowel disease and one for pediatric brain tumors. Officials recommend that $7.5 million be put into these eight studies.
The studies would be paid for by a surplus of money brought in from medical cannabis registration fees. The grants still need final approval by the state Board of Health, which is expected to vote on the proposal next month.
“We hope the studies will contribute to the scientific research available about the use of marijuana in effectively treating various medical conditions,” says Larry Wolk, executive director of the state health department.
Six of these studies would be conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, with the largest grants being conducted at the University of Pennsylvania.