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Eight Pennsylvania colleges get OK to study medical marijuana

(This story has been updated from an earlier version.)

Pennsylvania on Monday unveiled eight universities that will be allowed to research medical marijuana, a potential boon for an industry where cannabis study is extremely limited.

According to the Tribune-Review, the schools authorized to conduct MMJ research are:

  • Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey
  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Monday’s announcement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is unusual because few state cannabis programs have made such a commitment to studying medical cannabis.

But research is sorely needed in a space where a lack of scientific studies into the medical benefits of cannabis has slowed the growth of the industry.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The eight “certified academic clinical research centers” will research the efficacy and safety of medical cannabis for treating several health conditions.
  • Each center will partner with a cannabis company that will be granted one state license to cultivate and process MMJ. The company will also receive a dispensary license to sell medical cannabis at up to six storefronts.
  • A legal challenge filed by some MMJ license holders is still pending, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A group of license holders filed an injunction to stop Pennsylvania’s research program, arguing that it will provide an unfair advantage to the partner company.

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