Article by John Ingold, Denver Post
Colorado’s Health Department has $2.4 million to put toward studies about marijuana use, and now it is looking for researchers to help spend it.
The department on Thursday began accepting grant applications for its Retail Marijuana Health Monitoring Program. The department already has a historic research program to fund studies on medical marijuana. The new grants, funded by the legislature this spring, will go toward studies about the health effects of marijuana use more generally across the state post-legalization. Money for the grants comes from marijuana taxes.
In the rules for grant applicants, the health department says a proposed study’s principle researcher must have, “a demonstrated record of successful grant-funded research or data analysis.” In the past, the state has awarded its medical marijuana research grants to scientists connected to hospitals or universities. For-profit entities are not allowed to apply for the new round of grants, though they can partner with a non-profit in applying.