On July 26, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the launch of the state’s medical marijuana practitioner registry for medical professionals wishing to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program.
“Many physicians treat these patients every day and understand the impact this medication could have on their treatment,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and Physician General, in a press release. “Once these physicians register and complete the required continuing education, they can be approved to participate in the program.”
According to a survey conducted by the department, approximately 75% of surveyed physicians plan on participating in the medical marijuana practitioner registry.
In order to qualify for the registry, practicing physicians must have a valid medical license and complete a four-hour training course offered by one of two different organizations, The Answer Page Inc. or Extra Step Assurance LLC.
The department hopes to have the state’s medical marijuana program fully implemented by 2018.