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Ford City
 Office
312 Ford St.
Ford City, PA 16226-1212
Tel: 724-763-3222
FAX: 724-763-9788
Staff: Abigail Major (Chief of Staff), Amajor@pahousegop.com
Marissa DeLorenzo, Mdelorenzo@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Sarver Office
612 South Pike Road #106
Sarver, PA 16055
Phone: (724) 295-2200
Fax: (724) 295-2322  

Staff: Richard Farah, Jr., Rfarah@pahousegop.com
Zachary Reigh, Zreigh@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.    

Capitol Office
218 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202060
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2060
Tel: 717-783-5327
Fax: 717-260-6511
Staff: Erica Godsey, egodsey@pahousegop.com 
 
Email:  
The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
 
Medical Marijuana Update
The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:

• Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 300 applications;
• Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;
• Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;
• Created the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;
• Approved three training providers for physician and medical professional continuing education;
• Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is sold to dispensaries and dispensed to patients; and
• Continued to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational by the end of this year.

When Will The Department Begin Issuing Regulations To Implement The Medical Marijuana Program?

Temporary guidelines for the Safe Harbor provision of Act 16 of 2016 have been published. The department is drafting the temporary regulations that are needed to implement the Act. Those temporary regulations will explain the program’s operation, including how applications are to be submitted by growers/processors, dispensaries, patients and caregivers, and physicians, and will be in place for two years from the date they are published. During that time period, the department will be preparing to issue formal regulations. The department intends to publish the temporary regulations sequentially, addressing the requirements for growers/processors so that those entities can come online and begin to produce products, then detailing requirements for dispensaries and physicians, followed closely by requirements for the registration of caregivers and patients.

When Will Applications To Become Growers/Processors, Dispensaries, Patients, Caregivers And Registered Physicians Become Available?

The department began the process of implementing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program when Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 into law on April 17, 2016. The implementation of the program is expected to be complete by early 2018. When implementation is completed, patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a Pennsylvania-licensed physician’s care for the treatment of one of the 17 serious medical conditions, may lawfully and safely obtain medical marijuana in the commonwealth as permitted by the Act. Applications for growers/processors and dispensaries became available during the first quarter of 2017.

What Is Medical Marijuana?

Under Act 16 of 2016 (the Act or Medical Marijuana Program), the term “medical marijuana” refers to marijuana obtained for a certified medical use by a Pennsylvania resident with a serious medical condition and is limited by statute in Pennsylvania to the following forms:

• pill;
• oil;
• topical forms, including gel, creams or ointments;
• a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form;
• tincture; and
• liquid.

What Is A “Serious Medical Condition” Under The Act?

The statute defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:

• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
• Autism
• Cancer
• Crohn’s Disease
• Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
• Epilepsy
• Glaucoma
• HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
• Huntington’s Disease
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Intractable Seizures
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Neuropathies
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
• Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
• Sickle Cell Anemia

How Will Patients Apply For Medical Marijuana Identification Cards?

The department is currently working to develop the process to obtain a medical marijuana ID card. The department will make it as easy as possible for patients to apply for a medical marijuana ID and will make applications available to patients on its website. The department will communicate to the public when the application is available.

12 permits have been issued to growers/processers.
27 dispensary permits approved, including Franklin Bioscience-Penn, LLC, in Bucks County