‘It’s so difficult’: Canadian cannabis research mired in red tapePosted by On

Hundreds of academics across the country are waiting on a complex approval process to begin studying the impacts of cannabis on an array of topics including impacts on drivers, CTV News has learned.

Health Canada says that as it transitions hundreds of authorized research licences from the Narcotics Control Regulations to the Cannabis Act, “there have been challenges in processing times for new research licence applications.”

More than 350 existing research licensees are in the process, while only 65 new licences have been approved since cannabis was legalized Oct. 17, with another 250 applications at various stages of the review process.

“Some people don’t even try because it’s so difficult,” said Simon Fraser University PhD candidate Bertrand Sager.

He has been making enquiries to launch a study on the impact of cannabis on drivers since well before legalization, and after a lengthy approval process through the university’s ethics board, he was…

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