Is Eight Enough? Pennsylvania Gives Medical Schools Go-Ahead to Research Marijuana


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proclaimed Monday, May 14, 2018, that medical marijuana research will be conducted at eight universities. This announcement follows a display of public support on Twitter by a fellow Democrat, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Peduto tweeted Monday, May 11, 2018, to announce his unflinching support for cannabis reform, proclaiming that he “fully support[s]Auditor General [Eugene] DePasquale’s plan to legalize/regulate/tax marijuana in Pennsylvania,” as do “a majority of Pennsylvanians.”

Lead, follow, or get out of the way

Peduto envisions a day when recreational marijuana will be legal in every state, reported KDKA-TV, CBS’s Pittsburgh affiliate. Anxious to capture the social and economic benefits of legalization, Pittsburgh’s mayor tweeted his support for the state auditor general, who wants the state to abandon the archaic “‘Reefer Madness’ mindset.”

Eight Pennsylvania colleges get green light for research

Eight Pennsylvania universities will be allowed to research medicinal cannabis. The authorization signifies an opportunity to research the plant’s restricted compounds due to its classification as a Schedule I narcotic within the Controlled Substance Act.

The eight certified academic clinical research centers are:

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

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  1. Allowing the universities to do the research is one thing, having that research approved by the DEA, NIDA, and whoever else must sign off is a long, arduous process that few successfully navigate. Just curious, what was stopping these schools from doing MMJ research before? There’s no law against doing research, it’s just been, practically speaking, nearly impossible.

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