UC Berkeley announced Tuesday the creation of its new Cannabis Research Center, which will be the first in the UC system to explore the environmental and social impacts of marijuana legalization.
The research team will focus on three core areas: policy and regulation, environmental impacts and cannabis-producing communities. The team aims to inform public dialogue about marijuana as well as contribute to the advancement of “prosperous communities and healthy environments.”
The Cannabis Research Center consists of a multidisciplinary team of faculty members who have had access to the Social Science Matrix, a campus research start-up incubator, for the past year to independently study cannabis. The team recently decided to declare itself as an official research group through Matrix.