Four Important Updates You Need to Know About PA’s Medical Marijuana Program

By: Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health

August 18, 2016

Earlier today, I held a press conference to give some updates about Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf earlier this year. The program is expected to be implemented by 2018 and will allow Pennsylvanians with serious medical conditions that are identified in Act 16 to have access to medical marijuana.

Here are four important updates that I think you should know:

  1. DOH has finished drafting the temporary regulations for growers and processors and will have them available for review and feedback until August 26. These temporary regulations provide details on the information and operational requirements for a grower/processor permit application. Want to weigh in? Give us your thoughts here.
  2. A survey was also released today on the department’s website seeking input from the patient and caregiver community. The department will use the information from this survey to help draft the temporary regulations for patients and caregivers, which is expected to be published by the end of 2016. Complete the survey here.
  3. The department has approved 53 Safe Harbor Letters to date and are processing 10 more applications. These letters enable parents, legal guardians, caregivers and spouses of minors under the age of 18 who have been certified as having serious medical conditions to possess medical marijuana in approved form to administer to their minor within the commonwealth. Safe Harbor Letter applications are available here.
  4. Earlier this month, I announced that John Collins was named the director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. John has an impressive record of executive leadership experience that will serve him well in his new role of overseeing the commonwealth’s high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program. We’re excited to have him on board.

As you can see, providing the public, our partners and stakeholders with the opportunity to review the draft temporary regulations and provide feedback before they are published is very important to us and ensures that we are being transparent throughout the process. I encourage all interested individuals to provide feedback to help us create a high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program for Pennsylvania residents with serious medical conditions.


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