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Monday, November 26, 2012

Introducing The Humboldt State University Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research


Many college students "major" in high, higher education, spending their four university years getting stoned....but this is ridiculous.

If anyone wants to understand what is wrong with today's higher education allow me to introduce to you Introducing The Humboldt State University Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (and this is no Joke).

According to the University's website
HIIMR seeks to improve the economic, social, physical, and environmental health of individuals and communities through the interdisciplinary scientific study of marijuana. Members of HIIMR will: Design, conduct, analyze, and disseminate research, Provide applied expertise to policy makers, researchers, health professionals, businesses, and the media, and Archive and provide access to source materials (raw data, media)
And as a State University, this is being paid for in part by California tax payers.

According to the Times-Standard of Eureka one professor for example is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.
"If anyone is going to have a marijuana institute, it really should be Humboldt State," economist Erick Eschker, the institute's co-chair, told the newspaper. Eschker is studying the connection between marijuana production and employment in the county.

The institute is probably the first dedicated to examining marijuana through the lens of multiple disciplines, according to sociologist Josh Meisel, who is leading the enterprise with Eschker. Humboldt faculty started discussing the idea in 2010 when California was preparing to vote on a bitterly contested ballot proposition that would have treated marijuana like alcohol.

"With these public discussions, there were a lot more questions than there were answers," Meisel said, adding that he and other faculty became interested in applying academic rigor to the economic, health and legal issues raised in eventually unsuccessful campaign.
Perhaps future research will include "Could the Earth really be a Marijuana Seed in the pipe of some larger, alternate universe?"; "Peanut Butter on apples with chocolate chips, the perfect munchies food;" and of course "Rolling a doobie the best way to develop fine motor skills."

California residents recently voted for higher taxes to help pay for education, I wonder if they realized this is what they were paying for, and if they did realize this, would hey still have voted for the increase? 

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