Humbolt State University opened the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. While other universities have programs to study drugs and drug use, officials from Humbolt State's program are claiming that it's the first to dedicate itself to the study of marijuana, the Eureka Times-Standard reports.
Humbolt County's reputation as one of the best places to grow marijuana puts HSU in a unique position to study pot as it grows in acceptance. Lectures the institute sponsored include a talk on local marijuana enforcement, and how growing marijuana affects wildlife. A symposium in October brought Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey, District Attorney Paul Gallegos, two county supervisors and a Fish and Game biologist to discuss how marijuana production impacts the environment as well as policies regarding the drug.
Erick Eschker, co-chair for the institute and an economics professor at the university, said, "If anyone is going to have a marijuana institute, it really should be Humboldt State. It has the potential to be a world-class institute, and we're just getting going."