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Week of August 6, 2018
Phase II Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor Permits
The PA Department of Health (DOH) recently issued grower/processor permits to 13 entities for Phase II of the Medical Marijuana Program. DOH has made applicant information, score cards and a table of the Phase II grower/processor permittees available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov.
The 13 permits were issued to:
I was pleased to lead the efforts to bring medical cannabis to Pennsylvania, which now has more than 52,000 patients registered to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program, and more than 30,000 of those patients have received their identification cards and are able to visit a dispensary to purchase medical marijuana. More than 1,000 physicians have registered for the program and, of those, more than 700 have been approved as practitioners.
The Medical Marijuana Program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of PA and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.
Dry Leaf Medical Cannabis Available in PA Dispensaries
Beginning August 1st, the dry leaf form of medical cannabis was phased in at 16 PA dispensaries. Twelve more dispensaries will have this medication available on August 8th. Because of the strict oversight requirements, the PA Department of Health encourages those with a medical marijuana ID card to contact their local dispensary prior to visiting to be sure the dry leaf form is available. “It’s vital for patients to remember that the dry leaf form of medical marijuana is available for vaporization only,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “It is illegal to smoke the medication. Please make sure that when transporting your medication, you keep it in the original container and have your medical marijuana ID card with you.”
Constituent Highlight: Mariah Rackley, a 2018 Digital Principal of the Year
Congratulations Mariah Rackley, Cedar Crest Middle School (CCMS) Principal, for being named one of three 2018 Digital Principals of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)! According to CCMS’s website, this award reflects “digital leadership and the tremendous work they have done to model the effective use of digital tools and resources to lead a learner-centered environment and collaborative community,” and according to NASSP’s website, “honors principals who exhibit bold, creative leadership in their drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals.” Cornwall-Lebanon students are lucky to learn under her leadership!
Veterans Expo & Job Fair – August 28th in Camp Hill
A Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Veterans, active military and their families at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill. The Expo will connect transitioning and retired Military members with benefits and resources available through local businesses and organizations, including community service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, education/training providers and business startup assistance, as well as businesses covering home improvement, legal services, finance, retirement living and insurance. The Department of Military & Veterans Affairs will also have a Veterans Outreach Van, offering direct access to benefits information, and Barber Styling Institute will offer attendees free haircuts.
The Expo is presented by OLP Events, and sponsored by Disabled American Veterans, DMP Solutions, PA State Headquarters VFW, Vibra Health Plan and WHTM abc27. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.veteransexpo.com.
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