State issues $2.35 million in marijuana research grants

Mark Salley| 303-692-2013 | mark.salley@state.co.us 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 13, 2016
 
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has awarded $2.35 million in grant funding for seven research studies to address potential public health and safety impacts of marijuana use.
 
Research areas will include an assessment of driving impairment in occasional versus heavy marijuana users, the duration of marijuana in breast milk and the types of marijuana products associated with emergency department visits. Other studies will examine the effects of dabbing, marijuana use among older Coloradans, analysis of data comparing recreational marijuana use before and after legalization among college-aged students, and the short-term cardiovascular effects of marijuana use. 
 
The state already has funded $9 million in medical marijuana research, and earlier this year, the General Assembly authorized the additional funding to study potential public health and safety impacts of legalized retail marijuana.
 
The approved projects are intended to continue to fill gaps in marijuana research, which historically was limited because recreational marijuana use was illegal.  After voters approved legalized marijuana in 2012, the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee was formed to monitor changes in drug use patterns, as well as the public health impacts of marijuana use. 
 
“This research will be invaluable in Colorado and across the country,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, department executive director and chief medical officer. “The findings will inform our public education efforts and give people additional information they need to make decisions about marijuana use.”
 
The seven grants were awarded following scientific review and scoring of 16 full grant applications out of 58 preliminary applications initially received.
 
Two types of grants were awarded. Pilot grants will fund up to $100,000 per year for up to two years. Full research grants will provide up to $300,000 per year for up to three years. 
 
The approved grants include:
 
 
APPROVED MARIJUANA PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH GRANTS 
Project Title
Principal Investigator
Project Duration
Grant Amount
Comparative Assessment of Driving Impairment in Occasional Versus Heavy Marijuana Users
 
 
Michael Kosnett, MD, MPH Associate Clinical Professor, Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
&
Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD Assistant Professor, Community & Behavioral Health
Colorado School of Public Health
 
3 yrs
 
$843,500
Acute Effects of Dabbing on Marijuana Intoxication, Driving Impairment, and Cognitive Functioning
L. Cinnamon Bidwell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
 
3 yrs
 
$839,500
Duration of Marijuana Concentration in Breast Milk
 
 
 
 
Erica Wymore, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Neonatology
University of Colorado School of Medicine (Children’s Hospital Colorado)
 
2 yrs
 
$186,500
Older Coloradans and Marijuana: A Public Health Problem or Policy Alternative
 
 
Sara Qualls, PhD
Professor of Psychology and of Aging Studies; Director, Gerontology Center
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
 
1 yr
 
$97,500
The Adverse Effects of Edible Cannabis Products
 
 
 
Andrew Monte, MD
Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
 
1 yr
 
$97,500
Analysis of Data from Before and After Implementation of Recreational Marijuana in Colorado
 
Bradley Conner, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology; Director, Addiction Counseling Programs
Colorado State University
 
2 yrs
 
$186,500
The Cardiovascular Effects of Marijuana in At-Risk Patients
 
Lori Walker, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Cardiology
University of Colorado  School of Medicine
 
1 yr
 
$99,000
 
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