Cannabis was decriminalized in Washington in 2012. As a result, Washington State University is positioning itself as a leader in cannabis research. Dr. McDonell is currently the Chair of the Collaborative for Cannabis Policy, Research, and Outreach at WSU. The CCPRO provides guidance to the university administration regarding cannabis related research, policy and outreach. Over 75 WSU researchers are conducting cannabis related scholarship and research. In his role as the CCPRO Chair Dr. McDonell is leading university efforts to build a cannabis research infrastructure at WSU. In addition, Dr. McDonell conducts research focused on the influence of cannabis use on alcohol and mental health treatment outcomes.