UBC researcher gets $1-million grant to study link between pot, HIV/AIDS (M-J Milloy, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
A University of B.C. researcher who recently found that daily pot use might help fight HIV/AIDS is getting a $1-million grant from a commercial cannabis grower, which could lead to more clinical evidence for doctors skeptical of a drug still outlawed in Canada.
National Green BioMed, a Richmond-based company partly owned by former Liberal MP Herb Dhaliwal, has already provided $200,000. It has committed to paying the full million dollars over five years, even if it fails to secure a licence from Health Canada to grow marijuana at its Fraser Valley facility.
Mr. Dhaliwal said a team led by M. J. Milloy, an infectious-disease epidemiologist with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, will have “all the freedom in the world” to conduct research that meets the “highest ethical standards” into the possible therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
Mike Hager reports
PHC Medical Care Team Member