Medical marijuana: Doctors the next step in Pennsylvania’s program

HARRISBURG — Physicians can begin their involvement in the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program, according to the state’s Department of Health.

The first step is to register, according to a press release from the agency.

“Since April 2016, we’ve been working to implement a patient-focused Medical Marijuana Program for Pennsylvanians in desperate need of medication,” Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, said in the release. “Many physicians treat these patients every day and understand the impact this medication could have on their treatment. Once these physicians register and complete the required continuing education, they can be approved to participate in the program.”

A required four-hour training session would be administered to physicians enrolled in the program by The Answer Page Inc. and Extra Step Assurance LLC.

The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on April 7, 2016, and went into effect on May 17 of that year. Expected to be fully operational by next year, the program will provide medical marijuana to Pennsylvania residents under the care of a physician for the treatment of serious illnesses.

By Patrick Kernan

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