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Wolf Administration Marks One-Year Anniversary of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

April 18, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf joined with stakeholders and legislators to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of Act 16 of 2016, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is charged with the implementation of the program, which is expected to be completed by 2018.

DOH recently issued proposed temporary regulations to allow qualified physician to register with the Medical Marijuana Program and certify a patient’s medical condition and eligibility to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program. Additionally, the temporary regulations seek to standardize the requirements for the maintenance of the practitioner registry and the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The department is accepting comments until April 20, 2017.

HAP shared this information with members and encouraged the medical community to provide input on the processes affecting both physicians and patients.

HAP will continue updating members and interested individuals about the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program implementation process.

Questions may be addressed to Michael Consuelos, HAP’s senior vice president for clinical integration.

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