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Department of Health Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Medical Marijuana Regulations: Comment Window Closes Soon

September 28, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is seeking input from patients and their caregivers about what should be included in proposed regulations for participation in the state's medical marijuana program. The short window for consumer input ends Monday, October 2.

The program allows Pennsylvania residents suffering from one or more of 17 serious medical conditions and under a doctor's care to access medical marijuana for treatment at designated state dispensaries. A "caregiver" who is designated by the patient and approved by DOH will be able to obtain medical marijuana from an approved dispensary in order for the caregiver to deliver medical marijuana to the patient.

The draft regulations cover information about:

  • Medical marijuana cardholders and their responsibilities
  • Identification card application
  • Obtaining medical marijuana from a dispensing company
  • The patient and caregiver registry
  • Criminal background checks
  • Application Fees
  • Appeals

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is to be fully implemented during early 2018. Detailed information is available at the Department of Health website.

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