3 medical marijuana changes being considered in Pa.

May 16th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine led a discussion with the medical marijuana advisory board around adding anxiety and Tourette syndrome to the list of conditions to be treated with medical cannabis.

Board members also discussed training for police who may encounter people with medical marijuana and voted down a petition to remove opioid use disorder from the list of approved conditions.

Here’s more from the May 15 medical marijuana advisory board meeting:

Decision this summer for anxiety, Tourette syndrome 

Levine said she will decide this summer whether to approve anxiety and Tourette syndrome as approved conditions to be treated with medical marijuana.

In February, the medical marijuana advisory board approved the two conditions to be added to the list. However, Levine has not signed off on it. Currently, people can get medical marijuana permits for 21 medical conditions, such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Levine said she needs more time to learn how cannabis might treat anxiety and Tourette syndrome.

“There’s a lot of literature to look at, in its different forms,” Levine said. “I also like to talk sometimes with experts throughout the country to get their view. I have not completed that, but I will complete it this summer.”

Training for police

Board member John Adams faults the Department of Health for providing only one bulletin, and no training, on how police can identify packaging and products produced legally.

Adams, who is the Berks County district attorney, said police can’t tell whether a product is legal medical marijuana or something that has been bought

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