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Pennsylvania offers practitioner registry to doctors interested in participating in medical marijuana program

Posted July 26, 2017 11:18 a.m. EDT

— Pennsylvania doctors can now take the first steps to participate in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program by completing the practitioner registry, acting Secretary of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine announced Wednesday.

"Since April 2016, we've been working to implement a patient-focused Medical Marijuana Program for Pennsylvanians in desperate need of medication," Levine said in a press release. "Many physicians treat these patients every day and understand the impact this medication could have on their treatment. Once these physicians register and complete the required continuing education, they can be approved to participate in the program."

The department surveyed physicians and found that of the 191 that participated, 75 percent said they would register with the program.

Two continuing education providers have been approved to offer the four-hour training required for practitioners: The Answer Page Inc. and Extra Step Assurance LLC.

The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented by 2018. The program 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.