“Los Angeles has become an experiment for the United States to see what happens when we permit the use of cannabis across the board,” says UCLA researcher Dr. Ziva Cooper
California was one of the first states to legalize adult-use cannabis, and as such, it’s become somewhat of an experimental oddity for the rest of North America.
In anticipation of the drug’s social impact, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) developed the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative (CRI), a special initiative of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour in conjunction with the UCLA Brain Research Institute. Led by Dr. Jeff Chen, director, since its inception in 2017, the initiative claims to be one of the first academic programs worldwide to focus entirely on the study of cannabis. The CRI draws from over a dozen departments across the university to research the social impacts of cannabis use and legalization.
Earlier this year, Dr. Ziva Cooper was appointed the initiative’s first research director, and her focus now lies primarily in exploring the effects of cannabis on human health.
“Because UCLA is a top-ranked university with world leaders across disciplines, it is poised to be the hub of rigorous, impactful study of cannabis and cannabinoids.”
Cooper stresses L.A.’s significance in the field of cannabis research, as well as its broader implications over the rest of the country as legalization creeps slowly from state to state.
Published: April 16, 2019
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