Canada may become the new leaders in cannabis research

Unprecedented science testing may occur in the country.

While cannabis users anticipate recreational cannabis legalization efforts, one of the most promising aspects of such legalization involves research. Because marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, American scientists receive no federal funding and harsh restrictions when it comes to marijuana research. In other words, they operate with two hands tied behind their back.

That’s why scientists interested in cannabis research eagerly await Canada legalizing recreational marijuana. Though legislation has been delayed from its initial schedule this summer, the government still plans to unveil a system for recreational marijuana laws and sales in 2018. According to WIRED UK, this has everyone from academic researchers, investment firms, think tanks, and the cannabis industry itself excited about the possibilities once Canada goes fully operational. Why? One word: data.

With a population of 36 million people, Canada has the potential to become a hotbed for scientific studies related to cannabis. Researchers will finally be able to test with control groups and lab settings on a scale that isn’t currently possible thanks to government restrictions across the globe. >>>

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