Last Updated: Jul 24, 2019
Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Rachel Levine, MD has approved anxiety and Tourette syndrome as serious medical conditions that can be treated through the state’s medical marijuana program.
The two new conditions took effect on July 20, 2019, bringing the total number of serious medical conditions approved for the program to 23.
In a press release announcing the changes, Sec. Levine noted that medical marijuana should not be used as a first line treatment for these conditions and should be used only in conjunction with traditional therapies, when recommended by a physician. She added that medical marijuana is not recommended to treat children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, as their brains are still developing.
A list of approved serious medical conditions is available here.
Pa.’s Medical Marijuana Program: By the Numbers
The DOH shared additional data on the medical marijuana program as of July 11, 2019, including:
- There are almost 111,000 active patient certifications
- More than 1,600 physicians have registered for the program, and 1,160 physicians have been approved as practitioners.
- Eight medical schools have been certified as Academic Clinical Research Centers.
- Six training providers have been approved to provide for physician continuing education, one requirement for physicians who wish to become practitioners in the program. Get details on training providers here.
- Fifty dispensary permits have been issued and 54 locations have been approved to begin operations. DOH offers dispensary information here.
Get PAMED’s Medical Marijuana Toolkit
The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Medical Marijuana Toolkit answers physician and patient questions on the state’s medical marijuana program. Get details on topics like:
- How to become approved to certify patients for the program
- The 23 serious medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana
- Malpractice insurance
- The physician registry
Get the Toolkit
PAMED members with questions on the program can also contact our Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348) or KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org.