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Week of May 21, 2018

Upcoming Senate State Government Committee Meeting

On Monday, May 21 at noon, the Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, will hold a meeting to consider Senator Boscola’s Senate Bill 22 (reforms the process in which election districts are drawn), as well as my and Senator Vulakovich’s Senate Bill 1037 (modernizes the Civil Service Commission).  Both of these bills have been the subject of public hearings to better gain stakeholder input.  The meeting will take place in 8E-B, East Wing, Capitol.  Click here to watch live.

Live Medical Cannabis Telephone Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m., I will hold a live telephone town hall meeting where both I and John Collins, Director of PA’s Medical Cannabis Program, will be live to answer questions you may have regarding the program.  Sign-up here to participate in this informational town hall from the comfort of your own home.  Once signed-up, at the time of the event you will receive a telephone call from me inviting you to participate.  Simply stay on the line and you will be connected to the call.

Medical Cannabis Program Update

The PA Department of Health (DOH) has made two recent announcements relating to the Medical Cannabis Program:

Temporary Regulations

DOH’s authority to issue temporary regulations expired on May 17, two years from the effective date of the Medical Cannabis Act.  Therefore, DOH has published updated and final versions of previously-issued temporary regulations in The Pennsylvania Bulletin.  The updates to previously-issued versions effectuate the recommendations made by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, or are non-substantive changes intended to provide clarity and consistency among each set of temporary regulations.  Additionally, a new set of temporary regulations relating exclusively to appeals processes has been incorporated.  These final sets of temporary regulations will not apply to Phase II applications.

Below are the final versions of each set of temporary regulations.  Those which are amendments of prior versions are displayed here in a non-Bulletin draft format which more clearly identifies the amendments.  Additions are underlined and removals are [bracketed].

Chapter 1141: General Provisions (Amended)

Chapter 1151: Growers and Processors (Amended)

Chapter 1161: Dispensaries (Amended)

Chapter 1171: Laboratories (Amended)

Chapter 1181: Physicians and Practitioners (Amended)

Chapter 1191: Patients and Caregivers (Amended)

Chapter 1210: Clinical Registrants and Academic Clinical Research Centers

Chapter 1230: Practice and Procedure

With these publications, the temporary regulatory process to stand up the Medical Cannabis Program has concluded.

Academic Clinical Research Centers

DOH has approved applications for Academic Clinical Research Center (ACRC) certification from the following institutions.  The following eight certified ACRCs are eligible to enter into a research contract with an approved clinical registrant as part of Chapter 20.

  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • The Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Cable Show:  State Museum of Pennsylvania

Check out my latest cable show, which takes us on a tour of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, including a rare look at original Indian deeds to William Penn from 1683 to 1789, the original Penn Charter and Mammal Hall.  You can watch below, and Comcast on Demand and WHBG TV20 should also be airing through mid-June!

May 2018 - State Museum of Pennsylvania,Indian Deeds and Penn Charter

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