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Pennsylvania's medical cannabis businesses made at least 600,000
transactions during the program's first year and their sales totaled
$132 million, according to state officials (https://mjbizdaily.com/
pennsylvania-medical-cannabis-sales-exceed-132-million-first-year/).
"Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf 's administration said that more than
83,000 people purchased medical marijuana at the 45 dispensaries
that are up and running . . . More than $2 million in state taxes were
paid by grower/processors."

pain relief and the ability to discontinue opioids. Other patients report
marginal pain relief, too many side effects and/or cost as the main
reasons for not continuing in the PA Medical Marijuana program."
Cost is a concern also held by Dr. Mcmurtrie, who notes the need
for cost containment: "My number two concern is affordability for
patients for physician visits for certification as well as product cost. I
am still not certified [to certify patients to receive medical marijuana]."

In addition to questions of efficacy and safety, many questions
As of May 31, the Department of Health Medical Marijuana Ap- surrounding medical marijuana do not have quantifiable answers.
proved Practitioners list includes twenty from Berks County (https:// Will more people - especially adolescents - see medical marijuana as
www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Programs/Medical%20Marijuana/ healthcare's stamp of approval that marijuana is safe? Will people see
DOH%20Approved%20Practitioners.pdf ). The list mostly includes the difference between regulated, pure medical marijuana and street
primary care physicians, neurologists and pain management specialists. marijuana which could be laced with lethal substances (ex, fentanyl)?
It is unclear how many patients in Berks County currently have an How does this relate to the possible (probable?) legalization of recreactive card (several phone calls I made to the PA Department of Health ational marijuana?
and the Medical Marijuana Program were not returned).
Will marijuana be the panacea so many hope it to be? I had atThree dispensaries were approved to open in Berks County. However, tended a lecture by Robert DuPont, the first Director of the National
as of this article only one is open (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/ Institute on Drug Abuse and the second White House Drug Czar
programs/Medical%20Marijuana/Pages/Dispensaries.aspx, accessed (from 1973 to 1977). He cautions that none of us - particularly with
June 12). "Harvest of Reading" opened in October and is located at state legislatures passing laws so quickly and not based on science
3225 N. 5th Street Highway in Reading; it is open seven days per week - are prepared for the "tsunami" of problems and costs that lie ahead.
(confirmed by phone call). CY Dispensaries (Cresco Yeltrah, LLC) was Therefore, it is critical for physicians to stay abreast of matters related
awarded a permit to open a dispensary on Perkiomen Avenue, and Agape to this steamroller of a trend.
Total Health Care, Inc, on Cherry Street but neither have opened yet.
Despite so many patients flocking to try medical marijuana, the
evidence is still extremely limited. Is medical marijuana effective? For
which conditions? At what dosages, frequency, formulation, duration?
Is it a waste of money? Is it harmful? Are there short-term side effects
or even long-term consequences? Nonetheless, Senate Bill 3 had passed,
and Pennsylvania is off to the races.

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Pennsylvania
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"My number one concern is cannabis being seen as a 'wonder drug'
by legislators and patients," notes Tower Health Medical Group pain
management specialist Robert Mcmurtrie, DO. "This reminds me
of increased opioid prescribing without scientific evidence to support
efficacy." Jason Bundy, MD, pain management specialist in private
practice at the Center for Pain Control, also points out the lack of
evidence: "The need for ongoing research is clear."
As with any treatment option in medicine, the key is choosing the
right ones for the right patients. David J Hornickle, MD, a family
physician with Penn State Health St. Joseph in Oley, shared his experience in certifying patients: "While it certainly isn't for everyone, a small
percentage of my patients have had relief from their PTSD, chronic
pain and neuropathy where other medications were not effective. I
caution all my patients that it takes time to find the right product
for them and to not expect to be symptom-free from their ailments.
Overall, it has been nice to have another option to offer my patients."
Dr. Bundy, too, has had some successes certifying patients, but also
has had other situations where patients tried medical marijuana and
stopped: "Results have been mixed. Some patients report improved

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