Study: Cannabis Exposure Associated With Improved Immunity In HIV Patients

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PENNSYLVANIA:Patients with HIV who test positive for past cannabis exposure possess significantly higher CD4+ and CD8+ counts than do those patients who test negative for the substance, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. CD4+ and CD8+ cells are a subtype of white blood cells that assist in the immune process. A team of investigators from Read the full article…

NSAV to Spin-Off Hemp Beer Subsidiary To Shareholders

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PENNSYLVANIA: NSAV Holding, Inc., announced today that the Company will spin-off its hemp beer division as a stand-alone public company. In conjunction with the spin-off, NSAV shareholders will be awarded shares in the proposed public entity based upon their holdings in NSAV. The Company has already formed Hemp Beer Inc., a Colorado corporation, and has Read the full article…

PA Marijuana Dispensary Agent Training Class In Pittsburgh Sunday, June 25th

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PENNSYLVANIA: HempStaff, a medical marijuana staffing and training agency, is hosting a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Agent Training Class in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The class will be held at the Embassy Suites Pittsburgh, located at 550 Cherrington Parkway, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. There are 2 sessions to choose from: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The cost is $249 with prior online registration or $300 (cash-only) at the door, Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Use Not An Independent Risk Factor For Increased Likelihood Of Psychotic Symptoms

Study: Cannabis and mental illness

PENNSYLVANIA: There exists “minimal evidence” in support of an association between cannabis use by itself and the onset of psychotic symptoms in young people, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry assessed the relationship between drug use and the onset of psychotic symptoms Read the full article…

Pennsylvania Department Of Health Provides Update On Medical Marijuana Program Implementation

"We cannot underestimate the role of physicians in making sure that patients can access medical marijuana," Secretary Murphy said.

PENNSYLVANIA:  At her regular briefing of the status of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced applications for medical marijuana grower/processors and dispensaries will be available beginning January 17, 2017. Permit applications will be accepted from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017. “I am excited to announce that we’ve reached an important milestone in the program with Read the full article…

Pennsylvania Published Temporary Medical Marijuana Regulations

Walker to sign marijuana extract bill

PENNSYLVANIA: The Department of Health is publishing temporary regulations relating to dispensaries. The temporary regulations are published under the Medical Marijuana Act. Section 1107 of the act (35 P.S. § 10231.1107) specifically provides that, to facilitate the prompt implementation of the act, the Department may promulgate temporary regulations that are not subject to sections 201—205 of the Read the full article…

Department of Health Asks For Patient Input On Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today encouraged Pennsylvanians who will be eligible for the Medical Marijuana Program to participate in a short survey to help ensure the program will meet their needs. The survey will be available on the department’s website until 5:00 PM on Friday, November 18. “If you are a Pennsylvania resident and a patient with a serious medical Read the full article…

Department of Health Names John J. Collins as Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Marijuana

PA appoints new medical marijuana director

PENNSYLVANIA: Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that John J. Collins has been named director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. Collins, who currently works in the Department of Health’s HIV Care Section, will assume his new role on Aug. 8, 2016. “I am pleased to announce the department has identified a highly qualified Read the full article…

AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Focuses On The Latest Research on Cannabis Use and Testing

As legal recreational and medical marijuana use gains traction, it is critical that law enforcement have a way to test for whether someone is driving under the influence.

PENNSYLVANIA: At the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo—the premier global conference and exhibit for laboratory medicine—visionaries in the field will illuminate the pioneering research and technology paving the way for better clinical testing and patient care. From July 31–August 4 in Philadelphia, the meeting will feature more than 200 talks on a broad range Read the full article…

Update on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program Implementation Process

Pennsylvania Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation Process; Urges Physician Participation

PENNSYLVANIA: In a continued commitment to transparency throughout the development and implementation of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today provided an update on accomplishments, gave a preview of pending activities, and highlighted the need for physician participation. “The department is being very thoughtful and thorough in our approach to developing and implementing a medically-focused program Read the full article…