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Institute of Cannabis Research Introduces Journal

Release Date: June 20, 2019

Haley Robinson

Director of Communication

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The Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) at Colorado State University-Pueblo is introducing a new scholarly journal, the Journal of Cannabis Research. The journal is sponsored by the ICR at CSU-Pueblo and published with the assistance of Springer Nature, one of the world’s largest and most prominent academic publishers.

The Journal of Cannabis Research is a multi-disciplinary, open-access journal covering all aspects of research related to cannabis and its constituents. Topics covered include agriculture and plant biology; commerce, business, and environment; the endocannabinoid system; pharmacology, biochemistry and genetics of cannabinoids; epidemiology and public health; medical cannabis; and history, regulation, and public policy.

Open-access means that all publications in the journal are posted on its website and available at no cost to anyone without requiring a subscription to the journal. Authors in an open-access journal ordinarily must pay an article-processing fee to have their work published, however, the journal is currently waiving this fee, so that authors have the benefit of open-access without the cost.

The purpose of the Journal of Cannabis Research is to promote high quality science in the field of cannabis research and to distribute research on all aspects of cannabis to the widest possible audience through an open-access publishing model.

“The process of launching a new journal is not a trivial task. Several faculty, staff, and administrators at CSU-Pueblo worked hard on behalf of the ICR to see the journal launched,” said Dr. Chad Kinney, ICR director and professor of Chemistry. “This work includes identifying the right publishing partner in Springer Nature, the right Editor-in-Chief in Dr. David Gorelick, professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and defining the scope of the journal. I am pleased to see the first issue of the Journal of Cannabis Research published and to see authors from CSU-Pueblo among those represented in the first issue,” Kinney added.

Launching the Journal of Cannabis Research is an important milestone for the ICR and is important in providing a forum for those conducting quality cannabis research to disseminate the results of their research activities. Because the Journal of Cannabis Research is an open-access journal published online, the contents are available free to anyone from the general public to private research organizations to academic researchers.

“Dr. Gorelick has done an excellent job of recruiting a well-qualified, international, and distinguished set of Section Editors and members of the Editorial Board,” said Kinney.

“I am proud to see our efforts to create this new journal bear fruit in this first issue. The broad field of cannabis research has expanded rapidly over the past few decades,” said Gorelick. “I believe that publishing an international, open-access journal that encompasses the entire field, from the biology of the cannabis plant to the health and economic consequences of legal cannabis, provides a useful forum for promoting further scientific advances and educating the scientific community and the public. The four papers included in this first issue well illustrate the multidisciplinary scope of this new journal,” said Gorelick.

The journal can be accessed at

The Institute of Cannabis Research (ICR) at Colorado State University-Pueblo is the nation’s first multi-disciplinary cannabis research center at a regional, comprehensive institution. With initial funding support from Pueblo County and the state of Colorado, the primary function of the Institute is the generation of knowledge that contributes to science, medicine, and society through investigation of the benefits and risks associated with cannabis. Research findings are used to translate discoveries into innovative applications that improve lives.

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