The grants to study Colorado marijuana come from pot taxes and will go towards the studies about the health effects of the drug across the state post-legalization. Pictured: Medical marijuana grows at Jeff Smith’s and Cassie Heckenkamp’s property along the McKenzie River east of Springfield, Ore. (Andy Nelson, The Register-Guard via AP)

Colorado offers more millions in marijuana research grants

Colorado’s Health Department has $2.4 million to put toward studies about marijuana use, and now it is looking for researchers to help spend it.

The department on Thursday began accepting grant applications for its Retail Marijuana Health Monitoring Program. The department already has a historic research program to fund studies on medical marijuana. The new grants, funded by the legislature this spring, will go toward studies about the health effects of marijuana use more generally across the state post-legalization. Money for the grants comes from marijuana taxes.

Among the areas the department is particularly interested in:

In the rules for grant applicants, the health department says a proposed study’s principle researcher must have, “a demonstrated record of successful grant-funded research or data analysis.” In the past, the state has awarded its medical marijuana research grants to scientists connected to hospitals or universities. For-profit entities are not allowed to apply for the new round of grants, though they can partner with a non-profit in applying.

The department plans to award two types of grants, according to a news release about the program. Full research grants will provide up to $300,000 per year for three years for longer-term studies that gather original data. Smaller “pilot grants” will pay up to $100,000 per year for two years.

Preliminary applications are due by July 22. Those researchers whose ideas make the cut will then be asked to submit full applications by Sept. 30. The grants will likely be awarded in November.

More information on the grants can be found at

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