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We’ll soon learn a lot about cannabis in California.

An often overlooked provision of California’s landmark legalization move – Proposition 64 – provides funding for research grants to study the effects of cannabis. Well, the Bureau of Cannabis Control recently announced that it is awarding nearly $ 30 million in grants of up to $ 2 million to a variety of public universities across the state – including Humboldt State University – to promote various aspects of Study cannabis, including public health and public safety, as well as economic and environmental impacts.

“The research conducted as part of these public university scholarships will provide important information for evaluating our legal cannabis system and its impact,” said Bureau Chief Lori Ajax in a press release. “This research will be a valuable tool in informing future California cannabis policy.”

Some extensive studies are included in the grants. For example, the University of California at San Francisco received $ 2 million to perform a “comprehensive analysis” of cannabis exposure in the developing brain, while UC Santa Barbara received $ 2 million to examine the effects of agricultural practices on quantity, quality and toxicity of surface water emissions from cannabis growing areas to be studied. UC Davis, meanwhile, was given $ 1 million to study the effects of cannabis use on early psychosis, while UCLA was given $ 1 million to “assess the feasibility and consequences of introducing a cannabis potency tax in California.” , and UC Berkeley received $ 465,000 to investigate tribal sovereignty issues related to cannabis legal in Native American lands.

HSU was awarded $ 183,000 to study the economic impact of legalizing cannabis in rural Northern California. The study is led by Robert Eyler, Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University, and carried out in collaboration with the Humboldt Business Development Center (HBDC) and the California Center for Rural Policy at HSU.

“We want to try to define the legal market to date, the employees, the companies, their business structure (how they are organized and how they use commercial space etc.), the interaction of the government as policymakers and regulators, and the broader perspective of the economic impact of the legal industry “Eyler wrote in an email to the Journal.

Eyler said the study will only look at the legal industry – not the unregulated market – and use a survey tool to collect data on prices, operations and corporate structures, while also using data collected by the Bureau of Cannabis Control . He hopes the results will be released in mid to late 2022.

Natalynne DeLapp, who serves as executive director of both the Humboldt County Growers Alliance and HBDC, said the first of its kind will address the industry in Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties and provide valuable intelligence to both policy makers as well as cannabis entrepreneurs.

“My hypothesis is that the data will show the importance of the cannabis industry to the health and success of the north coast,” she said. “I think it will show that the cannabis industry is the driving force in the Humboldt County’s economy. I think so, but I look forward to seeing the facts.”

DeLapp said that since the cannabis industry is fairly new to Overboard, it lacks the industry standards that exist in other sectors, making it really difficult for business owners to evaluate their business. And since manufacturers have little control over market prices at this point, the key to maximizing profit is getting efficiency gains, which is difficult when there are no standard, accepted production costs.

As an example, DeLapp said that a thorough, peer-reviewed breakdown of production costs, standard wages, insurance rates, and other factors will help cannabis companies decide whether to automate aspects of their operations, pay overtime, or hire other crew. Or it could help a grower decide if they can really afford the green upgrade they want to make, she said.

“They are business,” she said. “And they have to think like companies and count everything. But to do that, you have to be able to understand standard production costs.”

Thadeus Greenson (he / he) is the journal’s news editor. Reach him at 442-1400, ext 321, or thad@northcoastjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @thadeusgreenson.