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Please join us for the CSU-Pueblo Institute of Cannabis Research Conference 2017, April 28-30, where “Cannabis Experts Take Center Stage: From the Margins to the Mainstream.”

We are tremendously pleased to be hosting the first international, multidisciplinary cannabis research conference at a regional, comprehensive university in the USA. The ICR Conference will celebrate a myriad of research and intellectual pursuits from internationally renowned speakers and pioneering cannabis scholars.

International cannabis scholars from as far away as Australia, Israel, and Italy are expected to attend, along with cannabis researchers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington. Governmental experts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Washington, D.C., the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the National Drug Research Institute of Australia also will serve as conference presenters.

The conference will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28 with a plenary lecture by Dr. Carl Hart, chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology in the departments of psychology and psychiatry.

We are honored that Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the “father of cannabis research”, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, April 29, from 12:30-1:30pm. Dr. Mechoulam is professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the Institute of Drug Research at Hebrew University in Israel. The Sunday closing plenary address will be delivered from 10-10:45am by Dr. Alexandros Makriyannis, the George D. Behrakis Endowed Chair of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Director of the Center for Drug Discovery at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Research work to be presented at the conference represents a diversity of disciplines from a wide variety of presenters. Numerous presentations will address medical issues related to cannabis, including cannabis and diseases, as well as neuroscience work in animal models. Still other presentations will focus on hemp research, along with numerous presentations addressing social, economic, and legal issues related to cannabis. Research will be presented by academic scholars, practicing physicians and other health care workers, governmental scientists and regulators, attorneys, engineers, and technologists working in the cannabis industry.

The conference registration fee is $350 per person, including those presenting. April 20 is the deadline for registrations. Please click on the links below to view the preliminary conference program and promotional flyer, and to register for the conference. We encourage early registration to ensure participation. For additional information on the ICR or the conference, contact Jennifer Mullen, Interim Managing Director at

An innovative partnership between state and county governments and Colorado State University-Pueblo has resulted in the nation’s first cannabis research center at a regional, comprehensive institution and the first-ever academically-based conference and research journal on cannabis.

In May, the Colorado Legislature granted CSU-Pueblo $900,000 (Senate Bill 191, signed June 6, 2016) in the coming year from the state’s marijuana tax cash fund and Pueblo County Board of County Commissioners voted to provide funding up to $270,000 to be used for a marijuana community impact studies and medical marijuana research. In 2015, Pueblo County voters chose to spend the Marijuana Excise Tax Revenue on 15 community improvement projects that included $220,000 for medical marijuana research and $50,000 for marijuana-related community impact studies at CSU-Pueblo.

CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare said the primary function of the institute will be the generation of knowledge to science, medicine, and society through investigation of the benefits and risks associated with the use of cannabis. Research findings will be used to translate discoveries into innovative applications that improve lives. Di Mare said the Institute aligns with the University’s mission as a provider of education, research, and service to the region and will create new educational opportunities for CSU-Pueblo students. The Institute will comply with applicable Colorado and Federal laws in its work with cannabis.

Di Mare said the research will be conducted in collaboration with three executive branch agencies: The Department of Public Health and Environment; the Division of Criminal Justice in the Department of Public Safety, and the Colorado Energy Office in the Governor’s Office.

"We want to find out whether there are positive or negative impacts (of marijuana use) in terms of medical breakthroughs," Di Mare said. "We also want to understand what sort of economic and social impacts marijuana has on those communities where it is legal. Too much reliance has been placed on anecdotal information, and we hope to give back to our region and the nation with well-founded research."

First-year activities for the institute will include the organization and hosting of the first academically-focused multidisciplinary national cannabis conference, emphasizing pure and applied research and technologies, including industry developments. The conference is scheduled for April 28-30, 2017. Submitted talks and presentations will be peer-reviewed and edited for possible inclusion in a new, peer-reviewed multidisciplinary Journal of Cannabis Studies, reviewed by an international editorial board of respected researchers.

CSU-Pueblo Provost Rick Kreminski said the Institute will bring faculty together for a common goal as many of the studies will be multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary. It also will bring to the University its first post-doctoral researchers, a boon for this regional, comprehensive institution, both to research and supervise student labs.

Institute of Cannabis Research

Jen Mullen

Interim Managing Director

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