Quality research was an important goal of mine when I was advocating to bring medical cannabis to Pennsylvania. That’s why I was especially pleased — and strongly supported — an amendment that Rep. Kathy Watson added during House deliberations to establish Chapter 20: “Academic Clinical Research Centers.”
An academic clinical research center is an accredited Pennsylvania medical school that operates or partners with an acute care hospital within the commonwealth.
To the best of my knowledge, there are nine medical schools in Pennsylvania: the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania), the Pittsburgh School of Medicine (University of Pittsburgh), Thomas Jefferson University, the Temple School of Medicine, The Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College, Drexel University College of Medicine, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Under the provisions of Pennsylvania’s 2016 medical cannabis law, these institutions would be able to enter into a