PA DOH Releases Medical Marijuana Program Permit Applications For Growers/Processors and Dispensaries

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced applications for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries are now available on the department’s Medical Marijuana Program website. Permit applications will be accepted from February 20 to March 20, 2017.

“This is an important step forward in getting this valuable medication to patients who desperately need it,” Secretary Murphy said. “We’ve developed a thorough application that ensures the operators of medical marijuana grower/processor and dispensary facilities will meet our strict guidelines. Our goal is to deliver medication safely and responsibly and this application will help us do just that.”

The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:

·        Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 155 applications;

·        Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries and laboratories which have appeared in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;

·        Released public surveys to aid in the development of temporary regulations for growers/processors and dispensaries/laboratories;

·        Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup; and

·        Released a Request for Quotations for Electronic Tracking IT solutions for the tracking of medical marijuana.

The medical marijuana program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented by 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by Act 16.

Questions from applicants regarding the application process will be accepted by the department until February 8, 2017. All questions from applicants about the application process should be directed to The department will periodically publish answers to common application questions on the Medical Marijuana Program website.

Questions about the medical marijuana program in general can be emailed to Information is also available on the Department of Health website at

Medical Marijuana Supporters Host Patient Education Event

ILLINOIS:  Patient numbers have been low so far in the Illinois medical marijuana program. A daylong event planned Saturday in Chicago aims to answer questions for patients who’ve been on the fence.

Americans for Safe Access-Illinois and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago are co-hosting the event.

A $25 workshop for patients and caregivers will be followed by a free forum for military veterans.

Speakers include Dr. Sue Sisley, an Arizona psychiatrist and a co-investigator on an upcoming study of marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder.


Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program Faces Deficit Over $1 Million

MASSACHUSETTS:  The state’s medical marijuana program is projected to run a $1.17 million deficit in fiscal year 2015 despite a state law requiring the program to pay for itself, according to the program’s annual report.

Nichole Snow, deputy director of Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, a medical marijuana patient advocacy group, said the deficit “shows that the people who were in charge originally really didn’t put enough thought into it.”

Scott Zoback, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said, “The administration is in the process of revamping a poorly functioning medical marijuana program it inherited in order to best serve patients safely and ensure the system is living up to the law passed by Massachusetts voters.”