Canopy Growth, Curaleaf, Tilray, and Cronos—all announced research partnerships with universities across the world. And such relationships can be delicate.
Millions of dollars pour into cannabis research each year at universities across the world. And that funding is increasingly coming from the cannabis industry itself, potentially raising conflict-of-interest questions.
Industry giants such as Canopy Growth, Curaleaf, Tilray, Cronos, and Charlotte’s Web have funded, or otherwise partnered on, university research on a wide range of cannabis-related issues. For example:
* Canopy Growth donated $2.5 million (Canadian dollars) in 2018 to the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use to establish the Canopy Growth Professorship in Cannabis Science for research on the use of cannabis in addressing opioid use disorder; they also launched the Canopy Growth Cannabis Science Endowment Fund. (UBC also partnered with another Canadian cannabis company in 2016, Tilray, for a clinical trial on cannabis and PTSD.)