Regulations were released on Friday by the state of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health for medical marijuana clinical research programs.

The regulations outline what process an accredited medical school that has an acute care hospital has to go through in order to be approved as an “Academic Clinical Research Center” that can engage in medical marijuana-related research projects.

The projects would have “clinical registrants,” an entity that can grow, process and dispense medical marijuana.

There will be a maximum of eight clinical registrants to be approved by the health department and they must start approved research projects within six months of being deemed operational.

Rachel Levine, the acting health secretary and physician general has said that the state is the first and only state in the nation to institute such a program.

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