Pennsylvania’s Department of Health last week announced a medical marijuana research program involving clinical registrants and approved universities is to kick off in the state.
The program will start with three clinical registrants, who each have a grower/processor and a dispensary permit. The initiative will see the collaborations conducting clinical research on any of the 21 conditions for which the use of medical marijuana is approved for in Pennsylvania.
“This research is essential to providing physicians with more evidence-based research to make clinical decisions for their patients,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “It is the cornerstone of our program and the key to our clinically-based, patient-focused program for those suffering with cancer, PTSD and other serious medical conditions.”
Eight medical schools in the state have been certified as Academic Clinical Research Centers.
Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program has been extremely popular since it was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in April 2016. According to the Department of Health, there are currently 106,000 active certifications in the state; which represents approximately .8% of the Pennsylvania’s population.