That's what is happening at the University of Mississippi, which is home to a garden of marijuana plants which is being (strictly, we hope) monitored the by the federal government. The sole purpose of this pot is for use in federally-funded research about the drug - something which has been sorely lacking in years past.
One innovative study was completed earlier this year at the University of Iowa. The campus is home to the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), which is used to replicate a myriad of driving situations. Recently, the National Institute on Drug Abuse oversaw a study which involved 19 volunteers ingesting varying amounts of both alcohol and marijuana. Then these individuals got "behind the wheel" of the simulator so researchers could gauge their ability to drive while blood and saliva tests were taken to measure the levels of intoxication and impairment.
Researchers are now compiling and interpreting the data and hope to reveal their findings in October. It's hopeful that the results will yield more solid information on how marijuana affects the body and all aspects of operating a motor vehicle.
Washington lawmakers designated a minimum level of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood equivalent as a legal standard for driving under the influence of marijuana. Some pot advocates say that the level is arbitrary and/or too strict. Perhaps Washington and other states will use the results of this federally-funded research to get a better understanding on where the "line of impairment" should be drawn.