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Medical Cannabis Research Center at Drexel Announces Pilot Study Awards for 2023-2024

August 15, 2023

Two new studies have been funded by the Medical Cannabis Research Center (MCRC) as part of its 2023-24 pilot funding cycle designed to stimulate innovative research on medical cannabis across Drexel University. Both studies are led by investigators located with the Dornsife School of Public Health.

 “Use of a National Retail Database to Describe Marijuana Dispensary Location and Equity,” conducted by Dr. Stephen Dickinson of the Urban Health Collaborative, will analyze a longitudinal nationwide database of marijuana dispensaries across the continental United States and describe spatial patterning of cannabis retail locations. Also, the study will examine the relationship between locations of dispensaries and sociodemographics of surrounding neighborhoods to measure how marginalized communities are impacted by cannabis legalization. This spatial model and database will lay the groundwork for cannabis retail locations to be compared in a similar way to alcohol and tobacco locations.

“Needs, Barriers to Access, and Social Acceptability of Medical Cannabis Use by Parenting Women by Race,” led by Dr. Elizabeth Valdez of the Department of Community Health and Prevention, will use data from the MCRC’s registry study alongside qualitative interviews to examine use of medical cannabis by parents with a particular focus on mental health concerns, including depression and anxiety among racialized parenting women. The study will also employ a community-based participatory research strategy to develop actionable steps moving forward.