The State University System of Florida Board of Governors has selected the University of Florida to lead a statewide consortium studying health outcomes related to medical marijuana. UF will lead the Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research, which will be composed of public and private universities engaged in research on clinical outcomes of medical marijuana.
As the lead institution, UF will receive $1.5 million dollars in annual funding from the state of Florida to support the research mission of the consortium. It will be evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana, consider dosing and routes of administration, including study of the effects of smoking medical marijuana versus other methods of consumption.
We're joined by Dr. Robert Cook, who UF has proposed appointing to direct the Clinical Research Core. Dr. Cook is a professor of epidemiology and internal medicine in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, and the UF College of Medicine.