Feds Announce $1.4-million for Marijuana Research Projects

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Feds announce $1.4-million for marijuana research projects. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health Bill Blair rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, May 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang JUSTIN TANG/THE CANADIAN PRESS MIKE HAGER

Young Canadians have long arrived at university campuses across the country and embraced cannabis, but no one really knows how using the drug affects parts of their life such as their grades, class attendance or the amount of alcohol they drink. Details are even hazy on how many people are getting high during this formative time in their lives.

That’s why Zach Walsh, a clinical psychologist and cannabis researcher, is planning a long-term study of roughly 500 students at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus starting this semester, which ends in April, months before the drug is legalized by Ottawa this summer.

Dr. Walsh is one of 14 academics awarded a combined total of $1.4-million by the federal government Wednesday to complete a wide range of cannabis research projects aimed at helping Canadians understand the impact of the country’s new pot laws.

His study will also examine attitudes toward the drug and could change long-held beliefs among young adults, who consume cannabis in Canada at higher rates than almost any other nation in the world, he said.

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