New cannabis research center coming to Chicago

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The Windy City hopes to make huge strides in the study of cannabis

Cannabis research centers continue to be established more and more in different parts of the country. There never seem to be enough of them. Chicago is now one of the latest cities to follow this trend, creating a cannabis think tank aimed at spearheading policy and research. This new institute will be run by the city, the state and the Discovery Partners Institute, focusing essentially on social equity and the medicinal effects of the plant on human health.

Chicago has been selected as the home to establish a new institute that seeks to be the leading scientific center for marijuana research and help shape policy surrounding the industry. Dubbed the Cannabis Research Institute, this new project aims to analyze agricultural cultivation practices, as well as the medicinal effects of cannabis and the social equity evident in the industry.

The city, state, and Discovery Partners Institute (part of the University of Illinois system) have joined forces to bring this new effort to life. According to organizers, it is scheduled to be implemented in the coming months, and they are looking for a direct executive.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to not only promote Chicago as the center for highly-demanded cannabis research but expand the breadth of knowledge and science needed to shape policy,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “Leveraging and coordinating our city’s resources to create a top-tier cannabis research center will make waves in this new industry and set a precedent on cannabis research nationally.”

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