The University of Florida Cannot Do Research with Marijuana
GAINESVILLE - The University of Florida will not be participating in medical marijuana research because doing so would violate a federal law.
UF sent us a statement saying they can, however study the efficacy of medical marijuana but that would "only involve analysis of treatment records."
They can't actually grow the plant or use it in the lab.
UF receives hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government primarily in research grants and student financial aid.
Peg O'connor, attorney: "UF is one of the agricultural land-grant research universities eligible to do this research but they are afraid if they do research and they are growing pot the feds are going to come in yank all their pot say you violated federal law and there goes all their federal funding...there goes their student aid their paychecks their retirement...it's all gone."
Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law Charlotte's Web which allows certain strands of medical marijuana use and also allows universities to do research on the plant.
But the problem is that reseach still violates federal law.
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