Michigan Marijuana Tax Revenues Fund $ 20 Million Medical Cannabis Studies for Veterans With PTSD | Marijuana News | Detroit
The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency has awarded $ 20 million in grants for two research projects that will study the effects of medical marijuana on military veterans with mental health disorders.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) received nearly $ 13 million to examine “the effectiveness of marijuana in treating the medical conditions of veterans of the US military and in preventing suicide.” The study is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The researchers said it was the first clinical trial to look at inhaling high-THC botanical cannabis.
The aim of the study is to support the development of cannabis-based drugs eligible for insurance coverage, the researchers said.
“Veteran suicide is an urgent public health crisis, but it can be resolved if we invest in finding new treatments for pain, depression and PTSD,” said Sue Sisley, president of the Scottsdale Research Institute and renowned cannabis specialist, in a statement. “This grant allows for a more rigorous study, supervised by the FDA, which could one day lead to the cannabis flower becoming a prescribed drug. Veterans demand objective research into the development of cannabis-based drugs, and the State of Michigan is fulfilling our collective obligation to our beloved veteran community. ”
Wayne State University received a $ 7 million grant to expand research on the potential therapeutic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids in reducing symptoms of PTSD and depression, noting that more than 6,400 veterans committed suicide in 2018.
“This project will provide the unique ability to administer and assess the effects of cannabinoids on the mental health of veterans from a psychobiological perspective in an unprecedented way,” the researchers said in the grant proposal.
The grants are required as part of the voting measure that Michigan voters approved in November 2018 to legalize recreational marijuana. Funding is funded by tax revenues from sales of recreational marijuana.
The Michigan Regulatory Agency (MRA) received four requests. The others were from the University of Michigan and the Kairos Cannabis Research Foundation. The University of Michigan was not eligible because it submitted its proposal after the deadline, according to MRA documents. Kairos’ proposal was neither signed nor certified and did not meet the mandatory minimum requirement of demonstrating a history of working with the United States Food and Drug Administration for clinical trial approval.
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