California wants to review how to protect its legacy cannabis strains

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The state is looking to award $20 million in grants to conduct industry research

Protecting “legacy” strains is becoming a priority for the state of California. Now, the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) has requested several measures for research projects to promote the legalization and public understanding of marijuana.

In the middle of last week, the DCC announced that it will award up to $20 million in grants from industry tax dollars to universities in the state to study cannabis science and policy. This research includes important topics such as protecting genetics from inherited strains and preventing monopolies in the legal industry.

The department said in a press release, “DCC will fund up to $20 million in cannabis-related academic research by California public universities and is prioritizing topics that will be instrumental in addressing gaps in scientific knowledge and guiding future policy decisions.” DCC Director Nicole Elliot hopes that these grants will help bring beneficial results, not only to state policymakers but to policymakers across the country and around the world.

The prioritized topics examine the health impact and potency of cannabis, monopolies and unfair competition, the health of the marijuana industry in the Golden State, the genetic heritage of cannabis, and the medicinal use of the plant. The priority research topics were developed with the assistance of other California agencies charged with overseeing related activities.

According to the announcement, grant proposals will be accepted throughout the month of November. Awarded research projects will be announced in early February. California continues to be one of the states most concerned about the state of its legal marijuana industry and this is another clear example of that.