The University of British Columbia, near Vancouver, has announced plans to hire the first professor in cannabis research in the country. According to a press statement, the University and the Ministry of Health are hoping for progress in researching the medical application possibilities of the hemp plant. They will investigate, for example, if cannabis could be used in the future to treat opiate dependence, including heroin and morphine addiction. In October 2018, Canada became the first G7 nation to fully legalize cannabis.
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