Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2018 , , , , , ,

Today marks an historic day in the Keystone State. Less than two years after the governor signed Act 16 into law, six dispensaries have begun selling medical marijuana to patients and caregivers. Pennsylvania is expected to be one of the largest medical marijuana markets in the country, and those involved in implementation should be applauded for reaching this point ahead of schedule.

To date, 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors have been approved to operate. Over the next few months, we expect up to 81 dispensary locations to open across the state. More than 17,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with nearly 4,000 certified by a physician. As of this week, 708 physicians have registered with the department and 376 have competed the training to become certified practitioners.

However, the implementation process is not yet complete. The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board is still working on its recommendations for changes to the program. This week, they met to discuss one of the most important issues — allowing patient access to medical cannabis flower. This is a vital expansion of the program that will improve patient access and lower costs. Only two states have attempted a medical program without flower, which led to disastrous results for patients. You can learn more about the importance of patient access to flower here.

If you want to learn more about becoming a registered patient, visit the DOH website.

5 responses to “Medical Marijuana Sales Begin in Pennsylvania”

  1. To the people of Pennsylvania. Well Done.

    I do not understand why Kentucky politicians are opposed to legalization of Marijuana, both recreational and medical. It would be a tremendous asset for the economy, health care, and great help to rural farmers. I live in Rockcastle County Kentucky. We’re still in prohibition of alcohol. To say we’re backward is an understatement.

    My grandmother was raised in the hyper conservative-religious Letcher Co. KY coal fields. Born in 1900, they raised hemp for the government for WWI. She also lived in Tuscon AZ for years. She never understood why cannabis was illegal. Kentucky is that backward.

  2. At $65-80 a cartridge I spent over 500 in 3 week’s, it work’s wonder’s on chronic intractable pain but without access to cheap dried flower I can’t afford to treat my pain which is detrimental to my quality of life, flower need’s to be added a.s.a.p.

  3. I suffer from PTSD and I have used mariju and it actually makes me feel and think normal , my Dr, prescribe diazepam .5 and it doent do as good as the marijuana , I came close to commuting Suscide . I battle PTSD every day of my life , some times I get it under controll and some times not , it’s not a good place , so I take my mind to a happy place till it passes

  4. I’m originally from PA, but have unfortunately established residency in the reddest state in the country. Yeah, the land of Rick Perry, who is now running a department he stated should have been abolished. Anyhow, it seems like TX will be the last state in the country, IMHO, probably area in the entire world , to legalize medical cannabis for adults. The robotic responses I receive from the majority of Texas politicians is that marijuana is a bad, bad drug, down boy, you bad gateway drug! Maybe I’ll go stay with my friend in PA; I KNOW she’s jumping for joy!

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