Things are really moving now for the legitimacy of cannabis to treat serious illnesses in Pennsylvania.
On April 17, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the Medical Marijuana Program. More than one year later on June 3rd, the state has published the temporary regulations for physicians who choose to take part in the medical pot program.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, these regulations are listed in the edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
The way the program works is simple; the patient must be a resident of Pennsylvania and under the care of an active licensed physician. Not every medical condition qualifies under the Keystone State, however, and only certain serious medical conditions are allowed for a medical marijuana treatment option.
Illinois boasts one of the longest lists of illnesses that can be treated with marijuana products, along with New Mexico and Pennsylvania. So the Keystone State goes above and beyond most states in the country for patients’ access to medical marijuana.
Some of these conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell anemia, Huntington’s disease, autism, glaucoma and a terminally ill prognosis/illness.
The Pennsylvania doctors who agree to take part in the medical marijuana program will first learn how to become registered as a practitioner within the program, complete a 4-hour training course and become informed on how to issue patient certifications, ensuring the option is going to the patients who really need it.
Currently, eight zoning permits for medical marijuana dispensaries in Philadelphia have been issued and one permit for a growing facility.
At the moment, 40 states and Washington, D.C. allow some form of medical cannabis for treatment of at least one illness or condition. The regulations vary state by state however.