Pennsylvania launches 24th US medical marijuana program

Greener Culture April 24, 2016 0
Pennsylvania launches 24th US medical marijuana program

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment that would allow Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend marijuana as a potential medical treatment in states where it is legal, according to the Military Times. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program would prohibit the use of smokable marijuana, instead providing patients with a variety of products in the form of pills, oils, and tinctures. Unfortunately, while it’s great to see yet another state recognize its pain-alleviating benefits, pot is not legal recreationally in all of the states which have passed medical marijuana laws, and how Pennsylvania plans to police those who violate the new law remains to be seen. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will begin implementing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program when Wolf signs the bill into law on April 17. But during the first 2 years of the program, parents and guardians of children may legally obtain medical marijuana in other states. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law after it breezed through the House and Senate last week. The law sets standards for tracking plants, certifying physicians and licensing growers, dispensaries and physicians. Montgomery County State Rep Mike Vereb says, that’s a rough estimate. “This bill to me means the difference between a lifeless child having seizures several times every day and a child with a life taking ballet lessons”. “Market forces should support it happening as fast and as best as possible”, says Steven Schain, a Philadelphia lawyer who works with companies in the medical marijuana industry. After legalization, Pennsylvanians will now have the capacity to get to the drug if a specialist decides they experience the ill effects of 17 conditions including, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorders, seizures and others. “I never doubted for one second that this day would come”. However, the interest in allowing veterans access to medical marijuana seems to be growing throughout the country as VA doctors and the government are more and more being criticized for allowing doctors to prescribe risky and addictive opiates while leaving no alternative. The state would license up to 25 growers and processors, and as many as 50 dispensaries, which could each operate three locations. A patient may be prohibited by an employer from performing any duty which could result in a public health or safety risk while under the influence of medical marijuana.

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