UNB establishes health research chair in cannabis

In what's being described as the first of its kind in the world, the University of New Brunswick is establishing a research chair into the medical effects of cannabis.

The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and Tetra Bio-Pharma are investing $1 million over five years to establish the position.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau says more research is needed to better understand the use of cannabis as a medical treatment.

The new chair — which should be announced by next April — will focus primarily on the medicinal value of marijuana.

Back in May, St. Thomas University announced the creation of a health research chair on cannabis to provide data and scholarly interpretation to guide public policy.