Pennsylvania is now the first US state to allow the research of medical marijuana at some of its schools.
The Department of Health released on Thursday the guidelines opening applications for medical research, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on Monday.
The schools include Penn Medicine, Drexel University, and the University of the Sciences. They all expressed interest in researching medical marijuana. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, meanwhile, was the first to confirm its interest.
The University of Pittsburgh wrote in a statement to NBC10:
“We believe that the research will be of great importance in determining the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis products in treating specific diseases.”
The Department of Health also announced the addition of 13 new medical marijuana growers and 23 new dispensaries in Pennsylvania, the daily reported.
The approved schools will work with these authorized growers to conduct their research.
Both Ohio and Florida have expressed interest in researching medical marijuana, but neither state has yet to implement such a program.
The news is groundbreaking since researching medical marijuana has long been shunned due to the federal government classifying marijuana as Schedule I drug.
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