UCLA has received seven grants totaling $6.4 million from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. The awards will fund studies on topics ranging from the toxicity of inhaled and second-hand cannabis smoke to employment conditions in California’s cannabis industry.
The grants were awarded to faculty from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and several research centers.
"The grants exemplify the breadth of cannabis research being conducted at UCLA," said Ziva Cooper, director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and an associate professor at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. "The awards offer UCLA the opportunity to showcase its interdisciplinary cannabis research."
For example, a study led by Saba Waheed and Lola Smallwood-Cuevas of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment will focus on documenting workplace experiences, safety conditions and the career trajectory within the cannabis retail and cultivation sectors.
"We will produce actionable, comprehensive research to inform policymakers, educators, employers and labor organizations to ensure cannabis contributes to the well-being and economic prospects of new generations of workers in a challenging economy and in ways that mitigate the effects of past criminalization of cannabis," Smallwood-Cuevas said.
The seven studies being funded by the new awards are:
The awards to UCLA were a portion of nearly $30 million in new grants from the Bureau of Cannabis Control to California public universities to study the impact of Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis for people 21 or older.
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