Wolf Administration Approves Luzerne County Facility to Begin Medical Marijuana Production
October 31, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved Standard Farms, LLC in White Haven, Luzerne County, to grow and process medical marijuana, keeping the program on track to deliver medical marijuana to patients next year.
“Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is one step closer to becoming fully operational,” Governor Wolf said. “We remain on track to provide medical marijuana safely and effectively to Pennsylvanians with serious medical conditions sometime in 2018. In the coming weeks, the Department of Health expects the rest of the grower/processors to be approved to begin production.”
In order to become operational, Standard Farms 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.
“We are working with patients, caregivers and physicians to make sure they are ready to participate in the program,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Patients are our first priority, and we want to get medication to them as safely and efficiently as possible.”
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;
- Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;
- Approved three training providers for physician continuing education;
- Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients; and
- Continue 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 by 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.