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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.

Just three months since its kickoff in February, Pennsylvania’s burgeoning medical marijuana program is already making history. In addition to efforts to expand cannabis access and availability within the first 100 days of legal sales, the Keystone State is now licensing eight universities to begin detailed scientific studies into the federally restricted plant.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Governor Tom Wolf named the colleges to be awarded cannabis research permits on Monday, including the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, among other first-rate Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning.

“Today, medical research is so limited by the federal government that only a few doctors can even have access to medical marijuana,” Gov. Wolf said in…

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