University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine explores medical marijuana research – Tribune

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine want to study the safety and efficacy of using medical marijuana to treat diseases.

The potential for state supported research is growing even though marijuana remains federally classified as a Schedule 1 illegal substance with no medically-approved applications.

The state Department of Health last week outlined a process for an accredited medical school with an acute care hospital to become an approved “Academic Clinical Research Center.” The end goal is to provide more evidence-based research and ultimately help the patient.

The health department is expected to approve up to eight registrants, all of whom must have at least $15 million in capital.

Pennsylvania was the first state to write a research component into its medical marijuana

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