The Harvard Gazette has reported that Charles R. Broderick, a Manhattan based investor has donated $4.5 million to each of his alma maters to study the effects marijuana has on health and behavior.
It is reported that the donation is the largest private gift to benefit independent research of cannabis. Broderick said the importance of funding these types of studies is so the medical community and public can make informed decisions when it comes to marijuana consumption.
The donations will be put towards a three year study for scientists to examine marijuana’s effects on brain development, organ systems, and general health. The Gazette reports the studies will examine the cognitive and psychological effects of marijuana as well as the social ramifications of its use.