Think Tank Wants To Make Vermont The Home Of Cannabis R&D

The co-founders of the Phytosciences Institute, Willy Cats-Baril, Dr. Kalev Freeman, Monique McHenry, Tom Grace and Robin Grace, from left, are hoping to make Vermont a leader in medical marijuana research.

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Eleven years ago, Vermont followed suit. But doctors still know surprisingly little about the pharmacology of cannabis. And a Vermont-based think-tank is hoping to transform the industry by applying new scientific rigor to an old drug.

When you feel a headache coming on, or that sore back starts to act up, choosing a medical intervention is a pretty straightforward affair.

“When you actually go to a pharmacy and you buy an aspirin or you buy ibuprofen, you know exactly the number of milligrams that you’re going to get from that pill every single time,” says Willy Cats-Baril, an associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of...

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