Pennsylvania Medical Schools May Start To Study Cannabis
Friday, Mar 23, 2018

Pennsylvania medical schools may start to study cannabis, according to local reports. State officials detailed how the new research program will operate on Thursday.

Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana in 2016. The law passed by voters includes provisions to promote cannabis studies at medical schools in the state. Proponents of the measure vowed to make the Keystone State a leader in medical marijuana research.

Federal law classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Consequently, it is notoriously difficult for researchers to study the plant and its effects.

Regulators at several layers of the federal bureaucracy must approve studies before they can begin. Additionally, cannabis supplied to researchers by the federal government is often of low quality.

Under Pennsylvania’s plan, the state will permit up to eight medical schools to develop cannabis research programs. The University of Pittsburgh School of medicine has already announced its intention to participate in the program.