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What Physicians Need to
Know to Participate in the
Medical Marijuana Program
By: Mark Austerberry, PCMS Executive Director
he Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is implementing the Medical Marijuana Program which will provide
access to medical marijuana for patients with one of 17
serious medical conditions. DOH is in the process of creating a
safe and effective method of making medical marijuana available,
by balancing patient need for access to the latest treatments.
The Act defines a "serious medical condition" as any one of
Participation in the medical marijuana program is voluntary.
To participate in the Medical Marijuana program physicians
must comply with DOH requirements and create an online profile
in the Department of Health Physician Registry. Once validation
of the physician's license occurs with the Department of State,
physicians will then need to complete four hours of Continuing
Medical Education (CME) from an approved training entity such as:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
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The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis
and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University
University of the Sciences
Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord
with objective neurological indication of intractable
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS
(Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or
severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional
therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is
contraindicated or ineffective.
* Sickle Cell Anemia.
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DOH will review and give final
approval to practitioners who may
issue patient certifications.
are tasked with certain
ongoing monitoring and reporting requirements related to
the status of the patient's
medical condition and the patient's course of treatment.
In addition, there are a number of restrictions on participating
physicians that they must be aware of, including prohibitions on:
holding direct and/or economic interests in medical marijuana
companies, advertising as a practitioner who can certify patients
to receive medical marijuana, and issuing a "physician certification"
for themselves, family members or household members.
To learn more about the Commonwealth's Medical Marijuana
program resources and information for patients and caregivers,
growers and processors, dispensaries, laboratories and physicians,
The Philadelphia County Medical Society will be hosting a
medical marijuana informational session this spring. Please watch
for future communications and check the society's website at
www.Philamedsoc.org for a listing of times and dates. *