Pennsylvania

Fri
06
Jul

Jefferson University launches nation's first medical marijuana certificate programs

The programs come as more states are legalizing medicinal cannabis.

Thomas Jefferson University is launching the first university-based, graduate-level certificate programs in medical marijuana education, school officials announced on Thursday.

Studies will begin in the fall for certificates in Cannabis Medicine and Cannabinoid Pharmacology at the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp. The programs are the first of its kind.

A third certificate program – for Cannabinoid Chemistry and Toxicology – will kick off in 2019.

The programs come as more and more states legalize medicinal and – in some cases – recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana is now available in 30 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Mon
25
Jun

Pennsylvania lawmakers approve bill to spur research on medical marijuana

Legislation designed to get a research provision of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law back on track is headed to the governor's desk.

Both chambers voted Friday for a bill that was drafted in response to a Commonwealth Court judge's decision last month to halt Health Department regulations for licenses issued to growers and dispensaries that partner with state medical schools.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's office says he'll sign it.

Supporters say the research component of the medical marijuana law will pay dividends in years to come, as the businesses and medical schools work to learn more about how the drug helps patients and develop products and applications.

Tue
12
Jun

In our nation's opioid epidemic, Pa. could find a fix using medical marijuana

Pennsylvania saw the second-highest drop nationally in the number of opioid prescriptions in 2017, according to the American Medical Association. It also is now on its way to leading the country in medical marijuana research. 

And while there are still many unknowns regarding medical marijuana, some local doctors are excited about its potential to help reduce the need to prescribe opioids and even treat addiction.  

"It's a new horizon," said Dr. Susan Peck, an OB-GYN at Hanover Hospital. "There was a lack of literature before, but now we know that opioids are addictive, so we have to explore new avenues of treatment."

Mon
28
May

Pennsylvania marijuana program to double in size, neighboring states look to compete

On April 5, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH), Office of Medical Marijuana (OMM), which oversees the commonwealth’s medical marijuana program, initiated phase II of its licensing process. The deadline to file applications for grower/processor permits and dispensary permits was May 17, and the deadline to file applications for certification of Academic Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) was May 3.

Mon
28
May

Thomas Jefferson University is creating the largest medical marijuana patient database on the planet

Thomas Jefferson University and ioVita are creating a database that aims to empower medical marijuana patients by building a community.

Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is now creating what they’re anticipating will become the largest medical marijuana patient database in the world. Researchers at the university are looking to recruit 100,000 medical cannabis patients from across the country to participate.

Fri
25
May

Medical marijuana and workers' compensation: Burning questions that need answers

Medical marijuana has come to Pennsylvania and by extension to the commonwealth’s injured workers. What image comes to mind? Do you see an injured construction worker, homebound due to multiple failed back surgeries, breaking free of opioids and performing daily activities that have eluded him for years?

Wed
23
May

Philadelphia hospital to study medical marijuana patients with MS

With the launch of mmj.org this summer, medical cannabis researchers, patients, and caregivers will have unprecedented access to evidence-based sources and best practices.

Philadelphia is quickly becoming a focal point in the nation’s fight for marijuana reform, with most of the attention on the city directed at Philadelphia’s new district attorney, Larry Krasner, who is championing a radical reform agenda aimed at transforming criminal justice. But Philly is also home to the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, one of the country’s leading medical cannabis research centers.

Wed
16
May

Pennsylvania approves eight colleges for groundbreaking medical marijuana research

A who’s who of the Keystone State’s top universities will soon begin comprehensive cannabis studies that have previously been blocked by federal prohibition.

Mon
14
May

Pennsylvania: New medical marijuana regulations to go into effect

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana advisory board has put forth new regulations regarding medical marijuana use and treatment, according to the state Department of Health.

"We have expanded the program," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams, who is a member of the advisory board. "The program is to treat people with very serious medical problems."

The governor's office and the Health Department are expected to release more information on Monday, and it will include the implementation of the flower form of medical marijuana being available in state dispensaries this summer, to be consumed in vapor form.

Fri
11
May

New Jersey and Pennsylvania consider pardoning past pot convictions

Many West Coast states that have legalized allow individuals who were arrested for cannabis-related crimes to clear their records, and now the trend is moving east.

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