Colleges in Pennsylvania are now officially sanctioned to perform medical marijuana research. The Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, made the announcement on Monday, May 14th. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana legislation passed in April 2016. The program now has over 37,000 patients. And 16,000 patients are active MMJ card users.

Eight Schools Get the Go-Ahead

Here are the eight schools that are now authorized to conduct MMJ research in Pennsylvania:

  1. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia
  2. Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie
  3. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia
  4. Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey
  5. Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  6. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  7. Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
  8. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Although little official research has occurred across the country, Gov. Wolf hopes Pennsylvania can be the leader in discovering the best treatments for patients in his state and around the country.

In a statement released by the Governor, he announced that “Today, medical research is so limited by the federal government that only a few doctors can even have access to medical marijuana. Pennsylvania’s premier medical schools will be able to help shape the future of treatment for patients who are in desperate need not just here, but across the country.”

Certified Medical Marijuana Academic Clinical Research Centers 

The eight chosen universities will also partner with a licensed marijuana grower and a processor. Also, each school will partner with a cannabis company. Furthermore, state licenses for cannabis cultivation will be given to companies and processing will be done onsite at the colleges. The schools will study the marijuana produced through the centers. These partner companies will then sell the medical marijuana at up to six storefronts in the area with their dispensary licenses.

But It’s Not Just Medical Marijuana Research Goals

Neil Sharkey, Penn State’s vice president for research, also released a statement regarding the new role the Commonwealth will play in the medical marijuana industry: “Penn State College of Medicine has an opportunity to play an integral role in advancing society’s understanding of the medical potential of marijuana and assisting in the development of safe and effective therapies.”

Sharkey continued, that, “Partnering with licensed private entities and collaborating with our peer universities to tackle this priority of the commonwealth supports our land-grant mission of research, teaching and service.”

And as for the role the College of Medicine at Penn State will play in medical marijuana research, Sharkey added, that the College “…often investigates emerging therapies to advance our understanding of medical conditions, to develop beneficial treatments and to address unmet societal health needs.”

What Will they Study?

Each research center will study the efficacy and safety of medical cannabis for treating several health conditions. However, the eight chosen schools will still be able to decide what particular area of medical marijuana they wish to study.  Nevertheless, the goal is the same for all programs: How effective is marijuana in treating various medical conditions?

Unfair Advantage?

But there is a current legal challenge pending. Many medical marijuana license holders believe the partnership with one cannabis company is an unfair advantage. So, the group wants the programs stopped.

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