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The University of British Columbia set up a new professor to explore the potential role of marijuana for the treatment of opiate addiction, funded by the provincial government and one of the largest players in the cannabis industry.
Epidemiologist and researcher GM Milo will be the first professor of cannabis vegetation at the university.
The Department of Mental Health and Drug Addiction says in a statement that the professor will conduct clinical trials to explore how cannabis can help people with opioid use remain in their treatment plan.
The ministry argues that Milio's study shows that daily cannabis use is linked to the increased likelihood of people being treated and the lower risk that young people who started to inject drugs may start to inject drugs.
Health Minister Judy Darcy says that Milo will be the first professor in Canada to focus on closing the gap in knowledge between cannabis use and opioids.
Canopy Growth marijuana contributes $ 2.5 million, while the province pays $ 500,000 to UBC and the Center for Substance Use for the position.
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