Pennsylvania Judge Halts State’s Plans for Medical Cannabis Research

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania officials announced their plans to launch the country’s first comprehensive medical cannabis research program, in which eight state universities would be licensed to conduct comprehensive marijuana studies. But those plans are now on hold, after a local judge issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state Department of Health (DOH) from awarding additional cannabis licenses to businesses wishing to partner with these research institutions.

In early May, Governor Tom Wolf announced that eight state schools would be receiving cannabis research permits, including the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Wolf noted the great difficulties that researchers wishing to explore the benefits and risks of medical cannabis face, due to the federal prohibition of marijuana.

These new regulations would allow each of these universities to directly contract with a third party, known as a

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