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Research Renaissance
Vireo Health team members Alecia
Daley and Stephen Dahmer discuss the
company╩╝s cannabis research projects.
Photo by Susan Magnano
CANNABIS
STUDIES
By Omar Sacirbey
Vireo partners with medical school to conduct
pioneering research at a low cost
T
he goal of a cannabis research
study doesn't always have
to be the creation of a drug
approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration.
" I would argue that even though
we're not cranking out a drug on the
other end, the arguments for doing
something like this are multifold, "
said Dr. Stephen Dahmer, chief
medical officer at Vireo Health, a
Minnesota-based multistate operator
38 Julu 2022 | MJBizMagazine
that, over the past several years, has
partnered with universities on several
studies exploring the therapeutic
benefits of cannabis.
Dahmer said arguments for carrying
out research studies include:
* Building consumer trust in a
brand.
* Getting " buy-in " from the medical
profession.
* Understanding how patients respond
to cannabis treatments.
Vireo-whose parent company,
Goodness Growth Holdings, agreed to be
acquired by Verano Holdings-considered
undertaking an FDA-approved study.
But the process was too expensive, and
finding a pharmaceutical company
willing to partner with a marijuana
business proved too difficult at the time.
" We certainly looked at an FDA path.
An FDA path is an incredibly high bar.
And in the early days, those companies
(that we would have partnered with)

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