Colo officials weigh grants for marijuana research

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials want to offer $7.1 million in research grants to examine claims about medical benefits of marijuana.

The Denver Post reported Friday (http://tinyurl.com/mwao2ce ) the money would come medical marijuana registration fees paid to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Medical and recreational marijuana are now legal under state law.

Dr. Larry Wolk, director of the health department, says anecdotal reports that a purified form of cannabis helps with seizures have prompted some parents to buy marijuana for their afflicted children.

Marijuana research has been largely blocked by federal laws, which still bar marijuana possession.

Republican state Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen says lawmakers are intrigued by the possibility of marijuana research but want to ensure that state grants to state universities wouldn't jeopardize their federal funding.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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