Marijuana

NIH to Bankroll Studies of Negative Impacts of Marijuana Legalization

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According to a grant outline posted on its website, the National Institutes for Health and the National Institute for Drug Abuse are offering $2 million to researchers who want to study the negative impacts of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.  

"In November 2012, voters passed ballot initiatives in the states of Washington and Colorado to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use," reads the "funding opportunity" at NIH.gov. "We know little about the impact this shifting marijuana policy environment has had or will have on epidemiology, prevention and treatment of substance use, misuse, and related health outcomes such as HIV and other risk behavior (i.e. drugged driving)."