Legislature agrees to fund study of marijuana efficacy
California could be the first State to conduct a research study on medical uses for marijuana under the “Medical Research Act of 1999″. S.B. 847 would authorize a three-year program, administered by the University of California, to study which methods of ingesting marijuana are most effective in treating pain and side effects of treatments for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and seizures. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Vasconcellos, initially wanted $1 million in annual funding, but the program will be funded through the normal appropriations process.