HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphytoday provided an update on the implementation status of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program and announced the department is seeking input on its draft temporary regulations for growers and processors.
The department has finished drafting the temporary regulations for growers and processors and will have them available for review and feedback until August 28. These temporary regulations provide details on the information and operational requirements for a grower/processor permit application. They will also address things like: electronic inventory tracking; packaging and labeling of medical marijuana; transportation of medical marijuana; disposal of marijuana and medical marijuana; and the recall of medical marijuana or marijuana. After reviewing and considering public comment, the department will publish the growers and processors temporary regulations in the Pennsylvania Bulletin this fall.
A survey was also released today on the department's website seeking input from the patient and caregiver community. This short survey will be available until September 1. The department will use the information from this survey to help draft the temporary regulations for patients and caregivers, which is expected to be published by the end of 2016.
Secretary Murphy also provided the following updates at a press briefing today in Harrisburg:
The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. The program is expected to be implemented by early 2018 and, when completed, will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician's care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by Act 16.
Questions about the medical marijuana program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available on the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
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