Scooplet: Germany wants to study how cannabis legalization affects road safety.
The Federal Highway Research Institute (Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen) has put out a notice that it intends to fund research on how the country’s adult use cannabis reforms, on which Cannabis Wire has previously reported, might affect patterns of cannabis-impaired driving.
“The aim of this research project is to determine whether and how the new regulations on cannabis sales affect consumption and the frequency of driving under the influence of cannabis,” the notice reads.
It continues, “Therefore, in this research project, the two aspects ‘consumption behavior’ and ‘DUIC’ should be analyzed in a sufficient period of time before and after the new regulation on cannabis sales.”
India: Government praises “first of its kind” cannabis research project.
Jitendra Singh, the head of the Ministry of Science and Technology, chaired a meeting last week with officials from CSIR-IIIM (the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine) and emphasized the “historic” nature of the Institute’s Cannabis Research Project.
The research “has a great potential to produce export quality medicine for neuropathies, cancer & epilepsy” and “has the potential to produce those kinds of medicines which have to be exported from foreign countries” which could “give an impetus for huge investment,” according to a Ministry announcement about the meeting.
The Institute first obtained a license to begin its cannabis research, including cannabis cultivation, in 2017, and Singh supported the project then, too. However, despite its robust history with cannabis as medicine, the country has yet to put itself on the modern map as far as global cannabis research goes, so this latest push might be an effort to change that.
APA survey: cannabis is seen as less addictive than cigarettes, technology.
The latest annual survey by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Morning Consult turned up some interesting results.
The survey, conducted in April and including 2,201 adults, found that cannabis is seen safer than many substances, and less addictive than cigarettes, alcohol, and technology.