State bans dispensaries from joining Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, The Associated Press

SCRANTON — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has banned dispensaries from participating in one of the state’s largest cannabis festivals.

A spokesperson for the department tells The Philadelphia Inquirer they issued the ban last week because the Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival in Scranton is not a “medically focused event.”

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What Pa. patients are treating with their medical marijuana

Sam Wood | Monday, November 12, 2018, Philadelphia Inquirer

Medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania are using cannabis to treat chronic pain more than any other affliction, according to an informal survey of dispensaries by the Inquirer.

“Between 60 to 70 percent of our patients are using the medicine for pain,” said Chris Visco, president of TerraVida Holistic Centers, the state’s largest medical marijuana retailer by volume. “Other common ailments patients report are post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.”

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With no budget, and a gag on advertising, Pa. marijuana growers and doctors get creative

Sam Wood | Tuesday, November 21, 2017, The Philadelphia Inquirer

What if Pennsylvania had a medical marijuana program but few people knew it?

With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in cannabis growing facilities and dispensaries — and the health of thousands of prospective patients on the line — alerting state residents to the program should be a priority. But there’s effectively a gag order on nearly all players involved.

The state Department of Health, responsible for the program’s roll-out, has no budget to pay for advertising. Marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries are prohibited by law from actively promoting their wares. And doctors who write recommendations for medical cannabis are forbidden from publicizing that they’re participating.

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Pa. doctors on board with medical marijuana, survey says

Ben Schmitt | Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pennsylvania doctors appear to be onboard with the state’s developing medical marijuana program.

About 75 percent of 191 physicians said in a survey they would register in the program in order to prescribe medical marijuana, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday.

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