Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration’s Pennsylvania Department of Health today approved Terrapin Investment Fund 1, LLC, in Jersey Shore, Clinton County, to grow and process medical marijuana, becoming the third facility to be operational.
“Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is one step closer to becoming fully operational,” Governor Wolf said. “We are on track to get medication to patients in the next six months.”
In order to become operational, Terrapin Investment underwent several inspections from the Department of Health. The facilities also are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system. The grower/processors will now be able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.
“Patients, caregivers and physicians are actively getting ready to participate in the program,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Every minute, three Pennsylvanians are registering to participate in the program through the patient and caregiver registry. And more than 100 physicians have been approved as practitioners, with nearly 200 more going through the process.”
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 324 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;
- Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;
- Approved four training providers for physician continuing education;
- Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;
- Launched the Patient and Caregiver Registry; to date 1,580 patients and 93 caregivers have registered;
- Continues to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational within six months.
The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented in 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.