Ziva Cooper Discusses UCLA’s New Cannabis Research Initiative

How does legalizing cannabis impact society at large? That is the question at the heart of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative (CRI) — one of the only academic programs in the world dedicated to studying the impacts of marijuana. The work is carried out by members of 15 academic departments with support from the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Brain Research Institute.

UCLA’s David Olmos recently sat down with CRI’s research director Ziva Cooper to discuss the program, her own professional background, and California's experiment with legal weed.

CRI, she told Olmos, “is unique in that we are bringing together scholars from across the campus—scholars from the law school, public policy, public health and different areas of science and medicine. Faculty from diverse fields are putting their heads together to focus on the most critical questions that need to be answered right now, using rigorous study designs and innovative approaches.

“This type of collaboration provides extraordinary possibilities for first-in-class, innovative and impactful research in areas that are in desperate need of immediate attention.”

Cooper added she hopes her research will help provide a “therapeutic path” for marijuana. That includes identifying medical uses as well as potential ramifications of non-medical use.

Read the full interview here



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