Article by Kelly Werthmann, CBS Denver
Even though Colorado and many other states have legalized marijuana, federal law still prohibits scientists from studying the drug and its health effects.
However, researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder have found a way to drive around that problem.
It’s nickname is the CannaVan – a Dodge cargo van that’s been modified to be a mobile laboratory.
“Instead of being able to bring the cannabis to the lab, we bring the lab to the people,” Cinnamon Bidwell, an Assistant Professor at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Cognitive Science and lead investigator of the study, said.
Inside the white van is a phlebotomy and assessment station, including a small desk, wooden dresser filled with equipment, and a purple tapestry hanging on a wall. It’s designed to be a comfortable place for researchers like Taylor Armstrong to run a few tests.
“I’m one of the phlebotomists on the study,” the CU grad explained to CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann. “I’m drawing the blood and administering different tasks to get information on how marijuana affects people in general.”