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Pa. to write medical marijuana program rules

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 1, 2016 11:03 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Governor Tom Wolf signs Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. (Courtesy of PA Internet News Service).

(Harrisburg) -- The state's secretary of health says she expects it'll take up to two years to write regulations and make medical marijuana available through retailers to eligible patients. 

Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy says her agency is writing regulations and fielding calls from people interested in becoming growers or processors.  

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation in April creating the program. 

The bill sets standards for tracking plants, certifying physicians and licensing growers, dispensaries and physicians.

Marijuana products could be sold in pill, oil, vapor, ointment or liquid form. 

Murphy says her agency expects to produce regulations in July to guide parents on how to bring medical marijuana bought legally from another state into Pennsylvania to administer to a child with a qualifying condition.


An earlier version of this story is below:

(Harrisburg) -- The state Health Department says it expects to write temporary regulations this year creating a medical marijuana program.

Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy, has scheduled a briefing later today on the process.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation in April creating the program.

The bill's drafters have said it could take two years to write regulations and get retailers opened.

It sets standards for tracking plants, certifying physicians and licensing growers, dispensaries and physicians.

Patients could take marijuana in pill, oil, vapor, ointment or liquid form, but would not be able to legally obtain marijuana to smoke or grow.

A provision of the law now allows parents to bring medical marijuana bought legally from another state into Pennsylvania to administer to their children.

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