Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation into law to facilitate state-sponsored medical cannabis research.
The amended law, House Bill 2477, states: “It is the intention of the General Assembly to create a mechanism whereby this Commonwealth’s medical schools and hospitals may provide advice to grower/processors and dispensaries in the areas of patient health and safety, medical applications and dispensing and management of controlled substances, among other areas. It is the further intention of the General Assembly to create a mechanism whereby the Commonwealth may encourage research associated with medical marijuana.”
A limited number of states, including California and Colorado, have previously established state-sponsored clinical research programs to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis in various patient populations.