Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program celebrated its one-year anniversary this week, racking up a great variety of taking part sufferers and docs, gross sales, and a trickle of tax revenues for the treasury. More significant than 116,000 Pennsylvanians have registered as sufferers. About 83,000 of these have been issued state medical marijuana playing cards which permit them to purchase hashish merchandise from some dozen dispensaries working throughout the state.
Almost 1,000 physicians have been accredited to certify sufferers to take part in this system, in line with the Department of Health. State dispensaries have accomplished practically 600,000 medical marijuana transactions, grossing $132 million in aggregate gross sales, following Levine. The state additionally has collected more significant than $2 million in taxes on these gross sales.
However, a much-touted program designed to pair eight extra marijuana producers with analysis universities stays stalled. The method floor to a halt following lawsuits alleging unfair competitors. They demanded a rewriting of the state rules and the rejection of all of the aspiring producers’ functions for numerous causes.
The Pa. Division of Health stated it is going to give these firms a second probability and settle for one other spherical of purposes “quickly.” When medical marijuana gross sales launched in February, the state solely allowed dispensaries to promote processed hashish oils, tinctures, and capsules. By August, the Division of Health granted permission to vend the extra historically smokable marijuana “flower.”
The state has accepted 21 severe medical situations — from autism to ulcerative colitis, PTSD to persistent ache — as qualifying circumstances for sufferers to take part in this system. Levine is contemplating including other illnesses, reminiscent of nervousness and Tourette’s syndrome, to the record.
The Pennsylvania program has far surpassed that of New Jersey’s. Since 2012, the Backyard State has operated a limited medical program which was hobbled below former Gov. Chris Christie. For the reason that the change of administration in Trenton in 2018, the dimensions of New Jersey’s program has almost doubled.