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The Practitioner Registry for Pa.’s Medical Marijuana Program: Here Are 5 Key Details

 

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law mandates the creation of a practitioner registry for physicians who wish to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program and certify patients for medical marijuana eligibility. A practitioner registry is now available online for physicians to submit their names to be considered for the Program.

As a reminder, physician participation in the Medical Marijuana Program is voluntary.

Here are 5 quick details on the registry and what physicians need to do to qualify to issue certifications to patients to use medical marijuana:

1. Practitioner RegistryPhysicians who wish to participate must apply via this online Practitioner Registry application. Although a physician will be required to provide details such as date of birth and email address when registering, only the physician's name, business address, and medical credentials will be made publicly available in the practitioner registry.

2. Training RequirementsTo become recommending practitioners, physicians must complete a four-hour training course approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). Physicians can submit their registry application first and then work to complete the training requirement.

3. Medical Marijuana Training ProvidersDOH offers a list of educational providers it has approved to provide medical marijuana training here. Once a physician has completed an approved course, the Office of Medical Marijuana will receive notification of course completion directly from the training provider selected by the physician during their registration.

4. More on the Practitioner Registration ProcessOnce a physician has registered and completes the required four-hour training course, the Office of Medical Marijuana anticipates notifying the registered physician of their status within 5-10 days. The physician will be notified using the contact information provided by the physician via the registry, most likely via the email address supplied by the physician. Physician who need assistance with the registration process can contact the Medical Marijuana Program's Helpdesk at 888-733-5595

5. Practitioner Registry Data—The Office of Medical Marijuana has reported that over 100 physicians have registered within the first 10 days of the registry becoming available, and anticipates providing periodic updates as they become available.

Additional Resources

PAMED breaks down what physicians need to know about the Medical Marijuana Program, including temporary regulations for physicians and practitioners as well as detailed information about the medical marijuana law and its provisions. Find out more at www.pamedsoc.org/medmarijuana.

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