CSU-Pueblo gets $270k for marijuana research

 In Colorado, National News

Colorado State University-Pueblo is using hundreds of thousands of dollars in county funding for a new research institute that will offer insight into how medicinal marijuana can relieve certain health conditions and what communal effects have come with legalized recreational use.

The Pueblo County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to allocate $270,000 in marijuana excise tax revenue to CSU-Pueblo for cannabis research. Commissioner Sal Pace said $50,000 will be used for societal impact studies and $220,000 will go to medicinal marijuana research.

“There’s been a real dearth of research on cannabis in general in the last 50 years,” Pace said. “Anecdotally, there’s a lot of evidence that there are real medical conditions that can be helped by cannabis, such as glaucoma, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy.”

On June 6, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill that awarded $900,000 to the university. The state and county money will be used to establish a research institute to study the effects of legal marijuana on both individual health and communities as a whole, said CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare.

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