St. Thomas University and UNB set to lead Canada’s Cannabis Research
New Brunswick is strengthening its position as a Canadian leader in Cannabis research, as well as a world leader, by creating the 2nd Heath Research Chair in Cannabis at UNB. This follows the first announcement in May of the creation of the first ever Health Research Chair in Cannabis at St. Thomas University.
St. Thomas' Health Research Chair received $1M in funding ($500,000 from Shoppers Drug Mart and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, respectively and the UNB chair will also receive $1-million in funding – $500,000 from New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and $500,000 from Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.
The UNB chair will focus on the research of biochemistry, medicinal use and pharmacology of cannabis, further expanding the university’s commitment to research and innovation in the field of natural product and biomedical, health and life sciences. The St. Thomas chair will research policy development, socio-economic and health-related issues related to cannabis use.
The creation of these chairs are very timely, since the federal government is moving ahead with plans to legalize recreational marijuana use by July 2018.
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