New UCLA Cannabis Research Center Aims to Find Out If Marijuana Can Help Ease The Opioid Epidemic

The university launched a new interdisciplinary research center late last year.

February 9, 2018
The Mercury News (Calif.)
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A question asked by some UCLA researchers might seem like an oxymoron for anyone raised on the now debunked “gateway” theory, the one that says using marijuana leads to using harder drugs:

Can cannabis play a role in easing the nation’s opioid epidemic?

That idea is one of many being explored at UCLA’s new Cannabis Research Initiative.

The university quietly launched the interdisciplinary research center four months ago. The mission is to study how cannabis impacts society, looking at everything from public health and the environment to the economy and the legal system.

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