The University of Minnesota School of Public Health on Thursday announced the launch of the Cannabis Research Center (CRC) which will assess the impact of adult-use cannabis legalization and help inform future cannabis policies and practices in the state.
The state’s adult-use legalization law includes a $2.5M annual appropriation from the cannabis sales tax to establish CRC.
In a statement, School of Public Health Professor Traci Toomey, who will serve as the CRC’s first director, said the center will “conduct innovative research on the health effects of adult-use cannabis legalization on people and communities across the state, including prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, equity issues, education and decriminalization.”
School of Public Health Interim Dean Timothy Beebe said the first priorities for the CRC include identifying key staff and faculty members with related expertise, establishing an executive committee to help guide center strategy, and identifying partners across the state to help advance the center’s work.
The CRC has already established several core principles that will guide its work, including: