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Growth in medical marijuana use has major impact on University of Mississippi's cannabis studies.
(WTVA) In recent years there's been a shift in the attitudes about marijuana, particularly for its medical benefits.

Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly has been the director of the "Marijuana Project" at Ole Miss since 1981.

"We here at the University of Mississippi, are in the process of developing other products that could be used in developing it from the plant material that would have good biological activity, good therapeutic potential without having to smoke the drug," he says.

Currently in the United States, marijuana is legal in some form for medical use only in several states and the District of Columbia.

However, Dr. ElSohly says legalization is not the way to go.

"People just use that as a way of having access to the drug, not really because they have a medical condition that can benefit from marijuana," Dr. ElSohly says.

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