Dec 17, 2014 1:33 PM

Marijuana research projects getting state funding

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) Colorado is awarding more than $8 million for medical marijuana research.

Researchers say it the first time government money will be used to explore marijuana's medical potential.

The grants awarded by the state Board of Health on Wednesday will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the studies still need federal approval.

Though the awards are relatively small, they represent a new frontier for marijuana research. That's because the Colorado grants will be spent to explore the drug's medical potential, not the health downsides of marijuana.

Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C., allow marijuana use by people with various medical conditions. But under federal law, pot is considered a drug with no medical use.


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