An early leader in cannabis research, Washington State University has been organizing studies even before the state of Washington became the first in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012.
WSU now has a full, multi-disciplinary research center, the Center for Cannabis Policy, Research and Outreach, or CCPRO, with nearly 100 scientists working on a diverse range of cannabis-related projects.
Work underway addresses issues related to cannabis including:
- Pain treatment potential
- Mental health impacts
- Effects on pregnancy
- Young adult use
- Legalization effects on crime
- Growth of hemp, the non-psychoactive form of cannabis, for commercial uses