Pa.’s Medical Marijuana Program on Track for 2018 Implementation: An Update for Physicians

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program is on track for implementation in early 2018. Pa. Department of Health (DOH) Acting Secretary Rachel Levine, MD, shared this announcement —  along with other updates concerning the state's Medical Marijuana Program — in a recent letter to physicians.

Dr. Levine's letter includes information on the steps physicians can take to register if they wish to become a registered practitioner in the program. Physician participation is voluntary and involves these steps:

  • Create a profile with the DOH Physician Registry, available online here.
  • The Department of State will then verify the physician's Pa. medical license.
  • Physicians will be prompted to complete the required 4-hour training to become a registered practitioner. Find training providers here.
  • There will be a final review and approval by DOH before a practitioner is approved to issue patient certifications.

In a recent press release, DOH also says that, as of Dec. 27, 2017:

  • 10,135 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with 1,188 certified by a physician to participate.
  • 550 physicians have registered and, of those, nearly 250 have completed the training to become certified practitioners.

Read Dr. Levine's letter here and access DOH's Medical Marijuana Program resources here.

Physicians with questions can contact DOH's Office of Medical Marijuana at (717) 547-3047.

Related Resources

For 5 key details about Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program practitioner registry, check out this Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) article. All of PAMED’s resources for physicians on medical marijuana – including a fact sheet on temporary regulations for physicians – are available at www.pamedsoc.org/MedMarijuana.

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