A local university is leading in the state when it comes to medical marijuana research.

Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday morning that eight universities were approved to become Certified Academic Clinical Research Centers.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, or LECOM, is on that list.

In a press release, Governor Wolf said, “Today, medical research is so limited by the federal government that only a few doctors can even have access to medical marijuana. Pennsylvania’s premiere medical schools will be able to help shape the future of treatment for patients who are in desperate need not just here, but across the country.”

It was also announced that Pennsylvania is the first state to add opioid-use disorder to the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana.

The eight universities are:

  • Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia;
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia;
  • Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey;
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia;
  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh;
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie; and
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia.