Pennsylvania

Tue
12
Jun

In our nation's opioid epidemic, Pa. could find a fix using medical marijuana

Pennsylvania saw the second-highest drop nationally in the number of opioid prescriptions in 2017, according to the American Medical Association. It also is now on its way to leading the country in medical marijuana research. 

And while there are still many unknowns regarding medical marijuana, some local doctors are excited about its potential to help reduce the need to prescribe opioids and even treat addiction.  

"It's a new horizon," said Dr. Susan Peck, an OB-GYN at Hanover Hospital. "There was a lack of literature before, but now we know that opioids are addictive, so we have to explore new avenues of treatment."

Mon
28
May

Pennsylvania marijuana program to double in size, neighboring states look to compete

On April 5, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH), Office of Medical Marijuana (OMM), which oversees the commonwealth’s medical marijuana program, initiated phase II of its licensing process. The deadline to file applications for grower/processor permits and dispensary permits was May 17, and the deadline to file applications for certification of Academic Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) was May 3.

Mon
28
May

Thomas Jefferson University is creating the largest medical marijuana patient database on the planet

Thomas Jefferson University and ioVita are creating a database that aims to empower medical marijuana patients by building a community.

Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is now creating what they’re anticipating will become the largest medical marijuana patient database in the world. Researchers at the university are looking to recruit 100,000 medical cannabis patients from across the country to participate.

Fri
25
May

Medical marijuana and workers' compensation: Burning questions that need answers

Medical marijuana has come to Pennsylvania and by extension to the commonwealth’s injured workers. What image comes to mind? Do you see an injured construction worker, homebound due to multiple failed back surgeries, breaking free of opioids and performing daily activities that have eluded him for years?

Wed
23
May

Philadelphia hospital to study medical marijuana patients with MS

With the launch of mmj.org this summer, medical cannabis researchers, patients, and caregivers will have unprecedented access to evidence-based sources and best practices.

Philadelphia is quickly becoming a focal point in the nation’s fight for marijuana reform, with most of the attention on the city directed at Philadelphia’s new district attorney, Larry Krasner, who is championing a radical reform agenda aimed at transforming criminal justice. But Philly is also home to the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, one of the country’s leading medical cannabis research centers.

Wed
16
May

Pennsylvania approves eight colleges for groundbreaking medical marijuana research

A who’s who of the Keystone State’s top universities will soon begin comprehensive cannabis studies that have previously been blocked by federal prohibition.

Mon
14
May

Pennsylvania: New medical marijuana regulations to go into effect

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana advisory board has put forth new regulations regarding medical marijuana use and treatment, according to the state Department of Health.

"We have expanded the program," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams, who is a member of the advisory board. "The program is to treat people with very serious medical problems."

The governor's office and the Health Department are expected to release more information on Monday, and it will include the implementation of the flower form of medical marijuana being available in state dispensaries this summer, to be consumed in vapor form.

Fri
11
May

New Jersey and Pennsylvania consider pardoning past pot convictions

Many West Coast states that have legalized allow individuals who were arrested for cannabis-related crimes to clear their records, and now the trend is moving east.

Thu
10
May

Philadelphia wants more cannabis businesses, but will they pay off?

Philadelphia should be a top priority for the medical marijuana industry, local lawmakers said during a joint press conference Wednesday morning.

State Rep. Jordan Harris, a Democrat who represents Philadelphia in Congress, and Councilman-at-Large Derek S. Green called on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to consider granting Philly more grower-processor permits in Phase II of the state’s medical marijuana program.

That phase kicks off later this summer when 13 additional permits will be granted to cultivators and 23 new permits will be awarded to dispensaries throughout the state.

Tue
10
Apr

Pennsylvania medical marijuana board recommends sale of leaf, plant form

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana advisory board on Monday morning voted in favor of allowing "dry leaf or plant form for administration by vaporization."

The vote is a recommendation. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who chaired the advisory board meeting, is expected to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation and ultimately allow sale of dry leaf and and plant forms at the state's medical marijuana dispensaries.

It wasn't immediately clear when she'll make a decision. 

The board, whose members include a state police representative, a county district attorney and several physicians, voted 11-0, with one member abstaining, in favor of the recommendation. 

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