Friday, July 8, 2016

10 Things to Know About Medical Marijuana in PA

A career in cannabis, there's a school for that.

This is not an advertisement endorsed by me, it is a billboard that I just happened to notice while driving along the Schuylkill Expressway over the holiday. I was a passenger btw, both hands on the wheel driving the Schuylkill.


Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed into law Senate Bill 3 on April 17, which gives access to this life-saving drug to people who need it. 

It is estimated that it could take up to  a year and a half to get the program up and running.

An infrastructure needs to be put into place to handle the cultivating, growing and distributing medical marijuana.

General Fact Sheet
http://www.pahouse.com/files/Documents/2016-05-06_11-07-24__161-%20Medical%20Marijuana%20Facts%20flyer.pdf

FAQ
 http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/M-P/Documents/FINAL%20Medical%20Marijuana%20FAQs_042716.pdf.

Patients who qualify by being diagnosed with the following 17 serious medical conditions can be prescribed medical marijuana by a participating doctor. You must apply for a card authorized card to purchase from the Department of Health.

Amyoytopic Lateral Sclerosis
Autisim
Cancer
Crohn's Disease
Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinalcordwith objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity.
Epilepsy
Glaucoma
HIV/AIDS
Huntington's Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Intractable Seizures
Multiple Sclerosis
Neuropathies
Parkinson's Disease
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin  or severe chronic pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
Sickle Cell Anemia

Most of the information obtained in this list came from a newsletter sent out by State Representative of the 161st Legislative District, Leanne Krueger-Braneky.

The above list refers to the state of Pennsylvania only. To see the laws in other states refer to this website for the list. http://www.governing.com/gov-data/state-marijuana-laws-map-medical-recreational.html. The link shows states that have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.

Every day we read about the opioid epidemic. I don't want to be a downer but there is a school of thought on that too.

Looking at the list of those that would qualify, I know many people that would be eligible. You must be diagnosed first! I am sure those that have these conditions would trade their pot not to have these conditions and if it helps, it is a beautiful thing. What about depression and migraines?  Is it safer than the current treatment of these diseases?

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