By John George
More than 10,000 patients have registered to participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, according to the latest figures released this week by the state Department of Health.
“Patients have started to receive their medical marijuana identification cards, bringing us one step closer to getting medication to patients in the next four months,” said Pa. Gov Tom Wolf said. “Our grower/processors are well underway, and our dispensaries are approaching the point where they will be ready to open their doors. Patients who are desperately waiting for this medication will soon find relief.”
Of the 10,135 patients who have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, 1,188 have been certified by a physician to participate.
To date, the Department of Health has approved eight grower/processors to begin operations:
- Cresco Yeltrah, Jefferson County;
- Franklin Labs, Berks County;
- GTI Pennsylvania, Montour County;
- Ilera Healthcare, Fulton County;
- Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, Lackawanna County;
- PurePenn LLC, Allegheny County;
- Standard Farms, Luzerne County; and
- Terrapin Investment Fund, Clinton County.
Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said the remaining four grower/processors selected to participate n the program are in the final stages of the inspection process.
“At this time” she said, “we do not foresee any issues with the remaining facilities that would prevent them from becoming operational.”
In June, the state issued permits for 27 medical marijuana dispensary permits. Each permit holder gains can open up to three storefront locations.
The health department also announced 550 physicians have registered to participate in the program and of those, nearly 250 have completed the training to become certified practitioners.
The state recently approved the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, to serve as a fifth continuing education provider for the medical marijuana program.
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