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Spotlight PA court victory leads to new academic research into Pa. medical marijuana program

In February 2023, the Pennsylvania Department of Health shared data that Spotlight PA won access to with academic researchers across the state.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pa. medical marijuana cards and anxiety: What the research says

Anxiety disorders are the leading reason doctors approve patients for a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania. If you’re considering using cannabis for anxiety, here are some resources that could be useful.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

GET THE DATA: Spotlight PA makes info on why patients qualify for medical marijuana publicly available

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program increased its transparency after a Spotlight PA open records victory, sharing more data with academic researchers and the broader public.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

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Court orders Pa. health department to release doctor data for medical marijuana certifications

The data could help identify outliers who might be bending or breaking Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

What changes could be coming to Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program?

One proposal would allow medical marijuana to be prescribed for any health condition
By Scott LaMar/WITF

Medical marijuana law update would lift the advertising ban on Pa. doctors

A sponsor of the legislation said it would help “level the playing field” between doctors and third-party companies.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

ACLU lawsuit alleges Berks County treatment court programs turn away medical marijuana users

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is suing the Berks County court system, saying its policies that keep people who use medical marijuana out of court-run treatment programs violate state law.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

Pa. opioid settlement money: What you need to know

In Pennsylvania, there’s currently no single resource for people to see how counties and local governments plan to spend the money. But understanding the process can help you influence it.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise/WESA

Pa. health department faces lawmaker questioning over medical marijuana doctor data

The agency has sued to keep secret how often individual doctors approve patients for medical marijuana.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA