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    Iowa University to pay up to $600 for students to smoke there pot, to study its affects on brain function and cognition

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A group of University of Iowa scientists is looking for marijuana smokers to help gain insight into the drug's effects. And they plan to pay subjects as much as $600 to smoke their pot.
    The study examines how marijuana affects brain function and cognition, with particular attention to the duration of use and the age of first use. The measure is brain imaging studies and achievement tests, such as for math and verbal skills.
    Robert Block is an associate professor in the school's Department of Anesthesia and the lead investigator on the project. He says the group is looking for pot users and control subjects who consume alcohol and tobacco - but not marijuana - to participate in the study.
    Subjects receive $20 for an initial screening session. Those that participate fully pocket $600.
    Block said that, depending on the results, the study might ultimately be used to support political positions on marijuana. Those could include whether there should be harsher criminal penalties, whether it should be decriminalized, or whether it should be allowed for medicinal purposes.

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    Can't fight it if you don't know it. They may find that its effects are different than what the masses believe.
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    That's just awesome! Now I can watch for stoned students as well as drunk!


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    OK students, did everyone smoke their homework last night?

    Ummmmmm, dooooood, whoooaaa, like ummmmmmmm, yeahhhhhh!!!
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    Wonder what they are going to do about the liability. What if one of the test subjects does something stupid like drive and wreck and says "Dooood, it's not my fault, they paid me to smoke the ganja and turned me loose."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    Wonder what they are going to do about the liability. What if one of the test subjects does something stupid like drive and wreck and says "Dooood, it's not my fault, they paid me to smoke the ganja and turned me loose."

    That is a good question.

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    That's a great idea......I might find my way over to Iowa and lay down in front of one of those student's vehicles as they leave Pot Lab.

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    who says it doesn't pay to smoke the reefer.
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    If this isnt supported by a government grant or something wouldnt it still be illegal??? Coudnt the professor and the University be charged with distributing??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cidp24 View Post
    Wonder what they are going to do about the liability. What if one of the test subjects does something stupid like drive and wreck and says "Dooood, it's not my fault, they paid me to smoke the ganja and turned me loose."
    Thought of another one - "I failed dynamics of underwater basket weaving 101 because I got high. They made me do it."
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    It's probably worded that they will get paid for coming in for the study of the effects of it, but will have to sneak off to the bathroom (or whereever) to actually light it up. The only thing the subjects would have to do is show up, take some tests, then show up stoned later with the time and amount of how much they smoked, and repeat the tests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawg View Post
    If this isnt supported by a government grant or something wouldnt it still be illegal??? Coudnt the professor and the University be charged with distributing??
    Good question, I was thinking the same thing.
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    I'm guessing it's a grant. Most of the testing they do is via grant. And if it's not, this might explain why the tuition keeps going up!


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    They probably get an legal exemption from the government in advance, and keep the students in the lab until after the effects have worn off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    They probably get an legal exemption from the government in advance, and keep the students in the lab until after the effects have worn off.

    But if they're studying its affects, how do they know when it wears off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    But if they're studying its affects, how do they know when it wears off?
    They probably know from previous studies how long it takes to wear off, and are just studying the more subtle effects during the time it takes to wear off. If they find during the course of the study that it takes longer to wear off than previously assumed (for instance if one of the LEOs here arrests one of the kids in the study for DUI ), they'll have to extend the time the kids are in the lab or terminate the study to avoid further harm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    They probably know from previous studies how long it takes to wear off,...
    If they know all of this from previous studies, then why are they waisting my money to study it again?

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    Maybe they let them go when all the snack chips are eaten?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    If they know all of this from previous studies, then why are they waisting my money to study it again?
    Because there are still some things they don't know, and previous studies can also be disproved.

    Or maybe it's because they thought it would be a cool way to get their hands on some marijuana and not get in trouble for it.

 

 

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