Cannabis researcher predicts Canada poised to become world leader

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s deadline day for dozens of unlicensed pot dispensaries to shut down in Vancouver or face daily fines.

Many owners and their supporters are gathering at City Hall today for what they’re calling a peaceful protest. But it’s not all rallies and demonstrations in Vancouver’s muddled marijuana landscape.

The research community is looking forward to a much easier future with the pending legalization of pot, with some predicting Canada is poised to become a world leader in the study of cannabis.

“I think we are going to see an explosion in research in the coming five or 10 years,” says Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at UBC who has studied possible therapeutic uses for marijuana.

“The hurdles associated with working with cannabis are related to its legal status. It’s scheduled in such a way that you need a whole bunch of Health Canada approvals to be

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