PA Medical Cannabis Program Getting Off the Ground With Launch of Practitioner Registry

Pennsylvania physicians are now able to take the first steps towards participating in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program, by completing the Practitioner Registry.

This is another step closer to a full rollout of the program which was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016:

“Since April 2016, we’ve been working to implement a patient-focused Medical Marijuana Program for Pennsylvanians in desperate need of medication,” says Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General and Acting Secretary of Health. “Many physicians treat these patients every day and understand the impact this medication could have on their treatment. Once these physicians register and complete the required continuing education, they can be approved to participate in the program.”

Since The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf, the state has made strides in implementation:

  • Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 282 applications;
  • Completed temporary regulations for: growers/processors; dispensaries; practitioners; and laboratories, which have all appeared in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;
  • Released applications for medical training providers and laboratories;
  • Issued permits to 27 entities for dispensaries and 12 entities for grower/processors;
  • Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup; and
  • Awarded a contract to MJ Freeway for electronic tracking of medical marijuana.

The Medical Marijuana Program serves patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by Act 16. It became effective May 17, 2016, with the intention of having it fully effectuated by 2018.

Pennsylvania residents that qualify are legally able to obtain medical cannabis, but only in non-smokeable forms.

The Department of Health Website now has the option for prospective patients and caregivers to register for the program and see a list of approved doctors that can certify patients to use cannabis.

12 Growers, Growing

Cresco Yeltrah, a licensed cannabis grower and processor in Northwestern Pennsylvania, became the first to get one of the few coveted medical marijuana growing permits in PA, authorizing them to set up shop at a former graphite factory in Brookville, PA. They will be opening dispensaries in Butler, Pittsburgh’s strip district, and a third site yet to be determined.

Cresco Yeltrah plans to grow over 30 different strain varieties at this 40,000 square foot facility. They will also produce numerous medicinal products such as vapor oils, pills, patches, and more. They expect sales to be fully operational by sometime in February.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has issued an additional 11 grower/processor permits. A complete list can be found below.

27 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has issued 27 medical marijuana dispensary licenses. The winners have only a few months to become fully operational before medical cannabis sales are expected to begin.

“This has been a highly competitive process and the department received hundreds of quality applications,” John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said in a statement. “Once this program is fully operational, patients with serious medical conditions will have locations throughout the commonwealth where they can purchase medication to help in their treatment. We remain on track to provide medication to patients in 2018.”

See complete lists of dispensaries below:

  1. TerraVida Holistic Centers, 1626 Old York Road, Abington (Montgomery County)
  2. Mission Pennsylvania LLC, 2733 W. Emmaus Ave, Allentown(Lehigh County)
  3. Lebanon Wellness Center LLC, 514 Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona (Blair County)
  4. Holistic Pharma LLC, 4201 Neshaminy Blvd, Bensalem(Bucks County)
  5. Keystone Canna Remedies, 1309 Stefko Blvd, Bethlehem (Northampton County)
  6. Columbia Care Pennsylvania LLC, Blakeslee Rt 940 and Kimberly Drive, Tobyhanna(Monroe County)
  7. Dubois Wellness Center LLC, 109 Main St, Bradford (McKean County)
  8. Bristol Dispensary, 2412-2414 Durham Rd, Bristol (Bucks County)
  9. Dubois Wellness Center LLC, 240 Main St, Brookville (Jefferson County)
  10. Butler County Dispensary Facility, 201 Pillow St, Butler (Butler County)
  11. Firefly Dispensaries, 872 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle (Cumberland County)
  12. Organic Remedies Inc, 600 Wayne Ave, Chambersburg (Franklin County)
  13. Firefly Dispensaries, 1737 Lincoln Way E., Chambersburg (Franklin County)
  14. Keystone Integrated Care LLC, 21181 Route 19, Cranberry Township (Butler County)
  15. The Healing Center, 270 Executive Drive, Cranberry Township (Butler County)
  16. Keystone Dispensaries, 420 West Lancaster Ave, Devon (Chester County)
  17. Dubois Wellness Center LLC, 1222 South Brady Street, Dubois (Clearfield County)
  18. Justice Grown, 7B Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville (Luzerne County)
  19. Restore Integrative Wellness Center LLC, 8003 Old York Rd, Elkins Park (Montgomery County)
  20. Organic Remedies Inc, 4425 Valley Road, Enola (Cumberland County)
  21. GTI Erie Dispensary, 7789 W. Ridge Road, Fairview (Erie County)
  22. Cure Pennsylvania Fort, 475 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington (Montgomery County)
  23. Lebanon Wellness Center LLC, 19 Baltimore St, Gettysburg (Adams County)
  24. Keystone Integrated Care LLC, 303 E. Pittsburgh St Greensburg (Westmoreland County)
  25. Knox Medical, 6444-652 Frederick St, Hanover (York County)
  26. Keystone Dispensaries, 120 Hansen Access Rd, King of Prussia (Montgomery County)
  27. Cure Pennsylvania, 1890 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster (Lancaster County)
  28. Lebanon Wellness Center LLC, 847 Cumberland St, Lebanon (Lebanon County)
  29. The Healing Center, 130 Mall Circle Blvd, Monroeville (Allegheny County)
  30. Reading Dispensary, 3225 N. 5th St Hwy, Muhlenberg (Berks County)
  31. PharmaCannis LIFE, 599 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
  32. TerraVida Holistic Centers, 8319-8325 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
  33. Restore Integrative Wellness Center LLC, 957-963 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
  34. Holistic Pharma LLC, 8900 Krewstown Rd, Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
  35. Cure Pennsylvania, 500 Kimberton Rd Phoenixville (Chester County)
  36. Keystone Integrated Care LLC (Lawrenceville), 5200 Harrison St, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
  37. Maitri Medicinals – Oakland, 2846 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
  38. Keystone Relief Centers – Squirrel Hill, 3885 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
  39. Ilera Healthcare, Meeting 420 Plymouth Rd, Plymouth (Montgomery County)
  40. Harvest of Reading, 2701 N. 5th Street Hwy, Reading (Berks County)
  41. Columbia Care Pennsylvania LLC – Keyser Dispensary, 1790 N. Keyser Ave, Scranton (Lackawanna County)
  42. TerraVida Holistic Centers, 64 N. Main Street,  Sellersville (Bucks County)
  43. PA Health & Wellness, 2105 N. Atherton St, State College (Centre County)
  44. Firefly Dispensaries, 801 South Front St,  Steelton (Dauphin County)
  45. Maitri Medicinals – Uniontown, 7 West Main, Uniontown (St. Fayette County)
  46. Grassroots Cannabis, 130 South State Rd, Upper Darby (Delaware County)
  47. The Healing Center, 799 West Chestnut St,  Washington (Washington County)
  48. Holistic Pharma LLC, 2030 West Main St, West Norton (Montgomery County)
  49. Columbia Care Pennsylvania LLC – Kidder Street Dispensary, 766 Kidder Street, Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County)
  50. Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness LLC, 1322 West 4th Street, Williamsport (Lycoming County)
  51. Keystone Dispensaries, 622 Industrial Park Drive, B, Yeadon (Delaware County)
  52. Keystone Relief Centers – Jackson’s Pointe, Jackson’s Pointe Court & Jackson Land, Zelienople (Allegheny County)

Below is a list of the new dispensaries set to open next year.

Region 1: Southeast

  1. SMPB Retail, LLC
  2. Franklin Bioscience-Penn, LLC
  3. Chamounix Ventures, LLC
  4. AES Compassionate Care, LLC
  5. BAY, LLC
  6. Ilera Healthcare, LLC
  7. TerraVida Holistic Centers, LLC
  8. PharmaCann Penn, LLC
  9. Restore Integrative Wellness Center, LLC
  10. Holistic Pharma, LLC

Region 2: Northeast

  1. Mission Pennsylvania II, LLC
  2. Columbia Care Pennsylvania, LLC
  3. Justice Grown Pennsylvania, LLC
  4. GuadCo, LLC

Region 3: South Central

  1. Lebanon Wellness Center, LLC
  2. Organic Remedies, Inc.
  3. KW Ventures Holdings, LLC
  4. Cansortium Pennsylvania, LLC

Region 4: Northcentral

  1. PA Health & Wellness, LLC
  2. Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness, LLC

Region 5: Southwest

  1. Maitri Medicinals, LCC
  2. Keystone Relief Centers, LLC
  3. Cresco Yeltrah, LLC
  4. The Healing Center, LLC
  5. Keystone Integrated Care, LLC

Region 6: Northwest

  1. GTI Pennsylvania, LLC
  2. Dubois Wellness Center, LLC

In addition to the dispensary licenses that were awarded, 12 grower/cultivator permits were also approved on Thursday.

Grower/Cultivator Permit Winners:

  • Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania LLC, Sinking Spring, Berks County
  • Franklin Labs LLC, Reading, Berks County
  • Pennsylvania Medical Solutions LLC, Scranton, Lackawanna County
  • Standard Farms LLC, White Haven, Luzerne County
  • Ilera Healthcare LLC, Waterfall, Fulton County
  • AES Compassionate Care LLC, Chambersburg, Franklin County
  • Terrapin Investment Fund 1 LLC, Jersey Shore, Clinton County
  • GTI Pennsylvania LLC, Danville, Montour County
  • AGRiMED Industries of PA LLC, Carmichaels, Greene County
  • PurePenn LLC, McKeesport, Allegheny County
  • Holistic Farms LLC, New Castle, Lawrence County
  • Cresco Yeltrah LLC, Brookville, Jefferson County

How To Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in PA

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