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New research into medical marijuana and arthritis to be conducted at Dalhousie

D.A.R.E. accidentally published an op-ed in favour of legalizing marijuana this week.
D.A.R.E. accidentally published an op-ed in favour of legalizing marijuana this week. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

HALIFAX – The Arthritis Society has announced it is funding research into medical cannabis at Dalhousie University.

In a media release, the society said Dr. Jason McDougall was awarded a three-year research grant to look into how the drug impacts arthritis pain.

The Arthritis Society previously promised more studies into medical marijuana in September last year.

READ MORE: http://globalnews.ca/news/1605781/calls-for-more-research-into-medical-marijuana/

“People living with arthritis pain are looking for alternatives to improve their quality of life,” Janet Yale, president and CEO of The Arthritis Society said in the release.

“Our goal is to give Canadians the ability to make informed choices about their treatment options … This project is an important step to achieving these goals.”

The society also announced it will host the first national conference on medical marijuana later this year. Officials said Aphria Inc. and The Peace Naturals Project, two Ontario-based marijuana producers, will donate $100,000 each.

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