Washington gives $110,000 grant to educate doctors on medical marijuana

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

The state Attorney General’s office recently donated a $110,000 grant to help healthcare providers learn about marijuana’s pain-relieving properties.

Receiving the funds is the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, which proposed “using the hoped-for grant to train doctors, nurses, naturopaths and other healthcare providers how to use marijuana in a way that scientific research supports,” according to media reports.

Strangely enough, the money comes indirectly from Pfizer. The Big Pharma firm was found to have misrepresented the benefits of two drugs, and the court ordered the settlement funds to be used to help people suffering from chronic pain.

The first task of the project is to survey healthcare professionals asking how much reliable information is available on medical marijuana.

In October, Washington adopted rules for the recreational sale of marijuana. Washington and Colorado recently legalized the use of marijuana.