The state government of Pennsylvania has authorized 8 universities to start conducting research and medical studies in regards to the effects of cannabis.
Governor Tom Wolf announced this week that Pennsylvania will take the big leap and become the first state to initiate cannabis research and studies ever since Ole Miss became the only institution in the country allowed to grow cannabis for research back in the ’70s.
Several private schools found their way to the list among the eight medical schools that were admitted to the program.
These schools will be protected by the state’s medical-marijuana law, which Governor Wolf signed back in 2016, and will also protect the research institutions in the commonwealth.
“Pennsylvania’s premiere 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,” said Wolf.
The state’s Department of Health chose these schools as Certified Research Centers in a competitive process which was previously advertised to all interested parties, according to J.J. Abbott, the spokesperson for the governor.
Here are the eight schools which will be allowed to grow cannabis for testing, medical research, and similar studies:
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
- Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
- Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- Drexel University College of Medicine
- Penn State College of Medicine
- Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University,
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Everything that these institutions will do going forward will be within the confines of state law, and they’ll be protected under state law to do that,” Abbott said.
Each school will work in conjunction with a state-licensed grower in order to produce the specific plants needed for research purposes, and then distribute it to study participants in a proper manner.
Leaders of Pennsylvania’s government and other programs have vowed for a few years now that they would make the state a leader in the cannabis business sector, as well as an innovator in cannabis research.
So far they are showing promising results as no other state on the East coast has even attempted to apply for this type of research licenses and push for a move on the highest levels in the government as far as we know.