With the Great White North preparing to become the first G7 nation to launch recreational legalization, the federal government wants to inform its journey into uncharted territory by providing $1.4 million in funding to Canadian cannabis research projects.
The funding, sourced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, has been designated for 14 Canadian cannabis research projects, ranging in focus from the impact of cannabis on driving and workplace safety to pregnancy and mental health.
“The importance of a solid evidence base for the development of non-medical cannabis use policies cannot be understated. The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute to research efforts that will help us make safe and effective decisions when it comes to non-medical cannabis use,” said Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health, in a press release.
As far as prioritizing Canadian cannabis research, Canada is focusing on issues that need solutions more immediately than others.
“These are funded on the basis of short term priorities. We need the evidence that they will provide to us in the near term to make the appropriate investments in public education so we can, for example, enable young people to know the risks of driving while impaired from cannabis,” Blair explained to CP24.
According to Dr. Samuel Weiss, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, “This investment is putting some of Canada’s brightest minds to work, in order to stimulate new scientific knowledge for the benefit of all Canadians.”
The 14 Canadian cannabis research projects, all of which are being conducted by researchers at Canadian universities and hospitals, can be found here.