Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients Top 10K

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients Top 10K

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Since its launch on Nov. 1, 2017, the Keystone State’s patient registry continues to grow with the addition of more Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients.

On Dec. 27, 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that the patient registry has 10,135 patients, with 1,188 having already been certified by physicians.

“Patients have started to receive their medical marijuana identification cards, bringing us one step closer to getting medication to patients in the next four months,” Wolf said in a press release.

According to Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, 550 physicians have registered to certify Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients, with 250 of them having completed the training required to become certified practitioners.

“Physicians play a critical role in this medically-focused program,” Levine said. “The response has been encouraging from the medical community as more doctors are becoming educated on how medical marijuana can help their patients.”

With Wolf estimating that patients will be able to access medical marijuana within the next four months, eight grower/processors have already commenced operations and the dispensaries that have been approved are working to become fully operational.

“Our grower/processors are well underway, and our dispensaries are approaching the point where they will be ready to open their doors. Patients who are desperately waiting for this medication will soon find relief,” Wolf added.

Caroline Cahill was the Managing Editor of MJINews from June 2014 through February 2018. She earned her BA in Communications from College of Charleston and her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. You can follow her on Twitter @CtheresaC.

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