Penn State Approved as Medical Marijuana Research Center

Galtero Lara
May 17, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey as a Certified Academic Clinical Research Center to study medical marijuana, along with seven other universities in the state. "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", Wolf said in the release.

It was back in March when Pennsylvania officials hashed out a program to allow medical schools throughout the state to get involved with marijuana research.

"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", Neil Sharkey, Penn State's vice president for research, said in a statement.

The Department of Health also developed temporary regulations to implement the recommendations of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, which will take effect Thursday, May 17.

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"By adding opioid-use disorder as an approved medical condition under the program", Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.

Pennsylvania will also be expanding the eligibility for medical marijuana use to neurodegenerative diseases, terminal illness, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and opioid-use disorder, making it the first state to include opioid-use as being eligible for medical marijuana use, according to the governor's website.

Manufacturing facilities are only authorized to sell dried leaves or flowers and medical marijuana products to registered dispensaries.

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