FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, marijuana is weighed and packaged for sale at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state law in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep doped drivers off the road. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.
One professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.
Sociology professor Josh Meisel tells the newspaper that the institute is probably the first dedicated to examining marijuana through the lens of multiple disciplines.
The University of California has a medical marijuana research center in San Diego that conducted scientific studies on the drug's health effects until its state funding ran out.