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Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will share the largest private donation supporting research into marijuana and its effects on the human brain.
The $9 million gift, thought to be the largest donation of its kind from a man called Charles Broderick, will be split evenly between researchers at Harvard Medical School and the School of Science at MIT.
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Broderick, an alumnus of both universities, has invested in several large North American marijuana companies and said he hopes to fill the 'research void' in the science of cannabis.
The schools said in Tuesday's announcement that the donation will fund research into the biology of cannabinoids, the chemical compounds in marijuana, and their effects on brain development, behavior and overall health.
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The schools cited 'critical gaps' in knowledge about cannabis even as the legalization movement spreads.
Broderick said: 'The lack of basic science research enables people to make claims in a vacuum that are either anecdotal or based on old science.
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'For generations we haven’t been able to study this thing for various sorts of societal reasons. That should end now, as well as the prohibitions that are falling around the world.'
Broderick claimed the universities and the researchers said he will have no say in the work process or its results. The findings will also be published even if they find marijuana doesn’t help or causes harm.
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Broderick recalled the first time he raised the idea of funding cannabis research with a Harvard development officer. He told The Boston Globe: 'There was silence on the other end. Then she said: "I don’t think we do it." And I said that’s the problem.'
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