State may consider conditions for medical marijuana.
Think Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program should allow treatment for more conditions?
A new process announced by Gov. Tom Wolf ’s administration Friday enables both physicians and members of the public to apply to have depression, anxiety, insomnia or any other ailment added to the existing list of 21 qualifying conditions the state recognizes.
Simply asking won’t cut it. Those filling out the application should provide documentation and references to research showing that the benefits of treating a particular condition with medical marijuana outweigh potential health risks.
A subcommittee of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board will review submitted applications before presenting them to the entire board at a subsequent meeting. The entire board will then approve or reject the application.
If rejected, applicants can ask the chairperson of the board to reconsider. A second denial means the requester will have to wait one year before trying again — unless new scientific evidence is released.
“As medical literature surrounding the uses of medical marijuana expands, we want to ensure our list of qualifying conditions meets the needs of Pennsylvanians,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release.
More than 95,000 patients in Pennsylvania have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, and more than 64,000 have identification cards and are able to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary. Approximately 1,360 physicians have registered for the program, 945 of whom have been approved as practitioners.
If you think you have a qualifying condition but aren’t sure how to register for an identification card, check out the Department of Health’s handy online guide.
The state legislature recognized 17 conditions when it adopted the Medical Marijuana Act in 2016. The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board added four more earlier this year.
Conditions include ALS, autism, cancer (including remission therapy), Crohn’s disease, severe chronic pain, opioid addiction, Parkinson’s, PTSD, epilepsy and more.
The Wolf administration on Friday announced a new process that allows physicians and the public to apply for additions to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana that Pennsylvania recognizes.