The Colorado Board of Health announced it will fund grants totaling more than $8 million for studies examining the potential medical benefits of marijuana. The studies will examine marijuana’s effects on epilepsy, pain relief, brain tumors and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Three of the eight studies need federal approval, according to the Associated Press. They will also need access to the nation’s only legal source of marijuana for research, the Marijuana Research Project at the University of Mississippi. The other five studies will be observational, meaning the participants will be providing their own marijuana.
While 23 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use by people with various medical conditions, the drug remains illegal under federal law.