Pennsylvania

Thu
25
Jan

Researchers analyzed more than a dozen studies on how marijuana affects your heart — here's what they found

A study published in August claimed that marijuana users faced a threefold higher risk of dying from hypertension than those who had never used the drug.

The findings sounded alarming. But like any study, this one had key limitations, including the fact that it defined cannabis "users" as anyone who'd ever tried the drug. More importantly, however, it highlighted an important gap in our current understanding of the science of cannabis: How does the drug affect the heart?

A new paper highlights how clouded this picture currently is. Scientists simply don't know the overall impact of cannabis on cardiovascular health.

Tue
28
Nov

Pennsylvania starts signing up medical marijuana patients

Pennsylvanians moved a giant step closer Wednesday to being able to get marijuana to help treat medical conditions, as the state announced the launch of its patient and caregiver registry .

The Health Department said a pilot program was successful, leading the agency to start taking applications from people to participate in the system through a new dedicated website .

Patients are expected to be able to obtain the medication by May 1, the current target date by which the department has said it will announce its availability statewide.

Mon
27
Nov

How legal marijuana in NJ will disrupt PA's medical program

New Jersey is almost certain to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use within a year, and that’s sure to have major repercussions on Pennsylvania’s nascent medical cannabis industry.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy ran on a platform calling for full legalization of all forms of marijuana for anyone over 21. Industry analysts say the Garden State cannabis market could be worth $1 billion a year and generate an annual $300 million for the state’s tax coffers.

“It could be massive,” said Chris Walsh, editor of Marijuana Business Daily, addressing the MJBizCon cannabis convention, which drew 18,000 people this month in Las Vegas.

Mon
20
Nov

Medical marijuana in PA: How to get a job, and a prescription

Dispensing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is still a few months off.

The providers, patients and the state health department are getting ready for the sale of a medicine that promises pain relief.

Statewide, upwards of 6,000 patients, 100 physicians and 300 caregivers have registered for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program since the Medical Marijuana Patient and Caregiver Registry launched Nov. 1. Another 411 physicians have applied to become approved practitioners, according to the state Department of Health.

How to find jobs

Mon
13
Nov

Cbd products are a rip-off for medical marijuana users

Cannabidiol, a major component of marijuana, is in high demand these days for its purported health benefits. But a study published on Tuesday discovered that people trying to treat themselves with cannabidiol products likely aren’t getting what they’re paying for.

Fri
10
Nov

Marijuana legalization 2017: States and cities where weed won this November

Marijuana remains illegal at a federal level, is classified as a Schedule I drug, and is still seen as a “life-wrecking” substance by the country’s Attorney General. But cannabis advocates made enormous strides in elections across the country this week. By Wednesday, it became clear that, just like last year, a scattering of marijuana-related reforms occurred throughout the United States, including the election of candidates who want to institute those reforms.

Mon
06
Nov

Pennsylvania opens medical marijuana registry for patients, caregivers

For George Armstrong, a veteran with chronic pain and PTSD, marijuana is medicine.

The Chester County resident, along with other patients and caregivers, recently added his name to Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana registry. He said cannabis helps him more than stronger stuff, such as opioids.

“You know, I’m no longer getting six, seven prescriptions a month,” he said. “But guess who has to go out and buy his own medicine now?”

Fri
03
Nov

Is marijuana good for health? How drug laws restrict research of cannabis treatments

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's health department unveiled a landmark registry for its residents who use medical marijuana. The new website will serve as a one-stop hub connecting patients and caregivers to growers, dispensaries, labs and physicians. More than 100 doctors are already linked to the program, with another 200 currently in training. By May of 2018, applicants should be able to pick up their prescriptions anywhere in the state. 

Thu
02
Nov

Pennsylvania: Doctors Approved to certify patients for medical marijuana

More than 100 doctors have been approved as practitioners who are able to certify patients for medical marijuana. State health officials call it a huge development.

"We will get medical marijuana to patients within the next six months. We are one step closer, one step closer,” said Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine.

So far, 14 doctors in northeastern and central Pennsylvania are on the list of approved practitioners, including Dr. Richard Blum, a doctor of internal medicine in Wilkes-Barre.

"I've actually had one of my patients who actually would qualify I suppose he's done his research, knows he has one of the conditions on the list and he'll get it when it becomes available,” said Dr. Blum.

Fri
27
Oct

Pennsylvania county approves medical marijuana policy for employees

Effective Nov. 1, Cambria County and its employees will comply with and abide by Pennsylvania's law concerning medical marijuana use – with county leaders pledging not to discharge, threaten, refuse to hire, or discriminate against those certified to use the drug.

The Cambria County commissioners unanimously approved the policy at a meeting Thursday at the Nanty Glo Food Pantry Warehouse.

According to the policy, it will be a county employee's responsibility to notify the human resources department about his or her certification to use medical marijuana.

Under Pennsylvania's Act 16 of 2016, those with serious medical conditions are permitted to obtain marijuana in the form of a pill, oil, liquid, cream or gel for a medicinal purposes only.

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