PA Docs Want More Research into Medical Marijuana

Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Medical Society wants to take a closer look into research on medical marijuana. The organization says it's still looking for further adequate and well-controlled studies on the effectiveness of marijuana  components to fight disease.
Physicians from across the state heard this week from researchers investigating the possible medical uses of cannabis or cannabinoids.  Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who's studying cannabinoids as a treatment for PTSD.
Dr. Bonn-Miller said there's very little evidence from a research standpoint, on their effectiveness for a number of medical and psychological conditions, for which they've been legalized at state levels. And, he added, "really, the cart is well before the horse. We're trying to catch up from a research angle."
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Medical Society said, "our  position urges that marijuana's status as a federal Schedule I controlled substance be reviewed with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, and alternate delivery methods."
PA's Medical Marijuana Program includes funding for research institutions to study the use of medical marijuana to treat other serious conditions.  According to the State Department of Health,  any of the research institutions in the commonwealth will be able to apply for those funds to conduct research.

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