First Year of Medical Marijuana Helps 83,000 Pennsylvanians

first_imgFirst Year of Medical Marijuana Helps 83,000 Pennsylvanians February 15, 2019 Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that in its first year the state’s medical marijuana program has helped 83,000 Pennsylvanians access this vital medication, which was dispensed nearly 600,000 times at approved dispensaries across the state.“The first year that the state’s medical marijuana program has been operational tells us that this program is working to help Pennsylvanians in need of this medication,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Patients are realizing the benefits and there has been steady, positive progress that I am pleased to report.”In addition to patients, nearly 1,000 physicians are now approved to certify patients to participant in the program. More than 1,460 physicians have registered to be certified.“Our goal for the next year and beyond is to increase the number of grower/processors and dispensaries operating, to register even more physicians and to continue the growth of our scientific, medically based program,” Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.The medical marijuana program has permitted 25 grower/processors and 50 dispensaries, the maximum allowed under the law. All Phase I grower/processors are operational, and 45 dispensary locations are operational and dispensing product.More than 116,000 patients in Pennsylvania have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program. The approximately 83,000 who have purchased medical marijuana at a dispensary already have their identification cards.The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Gov. Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed temporary regulations to enact the program;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved six training providers for physician continuing education;Approved four laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Registered more than 116,000 patients and issued more than 83,000 identification cards;Validated nearly 600,000 dispensing events;Issued 25 grower/processors permits, 12 of which are operational;Issued 50 dispensary permits and approved 45 locations to begin operations; andCertified eight medical schools as Academic Clinical Research Centers.The program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under an approved practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Medical marijuana grossed more than $132 million in total sales one year after the official start of product being sold. The commonwealth collected more than $2 million in tax revenue to date from grower/processors.For more information about the medical marijuana program, visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Seven-try Leinster thrash Castres

first_img Having failed to profit from a prolonged spell of pressure, Castres needed the lightning quick pace of Garvey to foil an excellent counter from Rob Kearney who had gobbled up a cross-field kick in defence and broken free along the left touchline. In the 57th minute, a Madigan wraparound move sent Richardt Strauss through a gap in midfield and his well-timed offload sent fellow replacement Furlong over for try number five which Madigan converted. Luck was not on Castres’ side again when Remi Tales’ forward pass ruled out a Benjamin Desroche effort, and Leinster pushed further clear when replacement winger Fanning took a hard line to collect a McGrath pass and raid in from outside the 22. Winger Martial hacked on a loose Gordon D’Arcy pass to claim Castres’ lone try, however Leinster added a final gloss ahead of next week’s round six trip to Wasps as youngster McGrath finished smartly from a close-in scrum. They added to their 31-3 interval lead with a maiden European try for replacement prop Tadhg Furlong and Darragh Fanning came off the bench to bag his third in this season’s tournament. Castres’ only consolation was an unconverted try from Romain Martial, before Luke McGrath made it seven tries on the night for Leinster, whose qualification battle with Harlequins and Wasps is likely to go right down to the wire next week. An early scrum won against the head signalled Leinster’s intent and from a lineout won by man-of-the-match Devin Toner, the home backs were unleashed as Ian Madigan’s inside pass put winger Kearney roaring over to the right of the posts. Madigan converted and the high tempo continued as the hosts pressed for a second try, turning down a kickable penalty and getting their tricky outside backs on the ball. However, Castres were rewarded for some doughty defending when they won a scrum penalty and scrum-half Rory Kockott took the three points on offer. Richie Gray infringed as Madigan immediately responded off the kicking tee and with the penalties piling up, a cynical offside from Diarra produced a yellow card. Leinster pounced from the resulting lineout, mauling through for prop Moore to score his first European try and Madigan converted for 17-3. After Marcel Garvey was inches away from dotting down for 14-man Castres, the Leinster forwards laid the platform once more with Jordi Murphy’s offload releasing Reddan for a sharp close-range finish. Even better followed in the 39th minute when Fergus McFadden and Jamie Heaslip were to the fore during a sparkling spell of offloading and hooker Cronin cruised through a gap for the bonus point score. Madigan added both conversions for a 28-point interval advantage. Leinster remain on course to qualify from European Champions Cup Pool Two following a 50-8 bonus point thrashing of Castres at the RDS. Matt O’Connor’s men had chalked up four tries by half-time, with Dave Kearney’s second-minute opener followed by further converted efforts from Martin Moore, Eoin Reddan and Sean Cronin. Moore and Reddan scored their tries while Castres flanker Ibrahim Diarra was in the sin-bin, as the Irish province threw off the shackles having only scored four tries in the previous four rounds. Press Associationlast_img read more

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