SALT LAKE CITY
A $500,000 state-funded study, designed to gauge marijuana’s impact on pain, has been delayed so many times due to federal regulations that it might not be ready before Utah voters decide in November whether to pass a medical marijuana ballot initiative.
Ivy Estabrooke, executive director of the Utah Science Technology and Research, told the Deseret News it took nearly a year and a half for researchers to jump through the legal hoops necessary to begin the study this summer.
Even if the study’s findings are too late to influence voters, it can still help the state going forward, Estabrooke said.
If Utah voters approve medical marijuana, the findings “will provide insight into efficacy, and that will help individuals and doctors decide whether to use it,” she said.
The study aims to examine
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