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PA expands medical marijuana program

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As Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program moves into it’s next phase, officials are saying so far it’s been a success. They now want to expand, to make sure everyone in the state has access. 

This week, the Department of Health announced it was beginning phase two of the medical marijuana program. A program officials believe will only continue to grow.

 “The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program is vitally important to patients with serious medical conditions in our Commonwealth,” Dr. Rachel Levine, PA Secretary of Health, said.

Levine says the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is already a huge benefit for those patients who suffer from the 21 medical conditions the law allows to be treated by the drug, like cancer and Parkinsons disease.

“We have had a very positive response for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. We have over 52,000 individuals that have registered for the program,.” Levine said. 

27,000 patients have obtained medical marijuana, with more than a thousand physicians registered for the program. It was signed into law back in 2016. Dr. Levine admits that they haven’t gotten everything right immediately, which is why they created an advisory board to recommend changes like allowing dry leaf medical marijuana – originally not available.

On Tuesday, the department announced phase two of the program, including issuing 13 additional grower/processer permits to the 12 already certified in order to expand the program across the state. 

 “This is going to expand the availabilty of this very important medicine. And really allow this medicine to be available to patients throughout Pennsylvania,” Levine said.

Right now, there are 29 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.

 

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