Pennsylvania to write medical marijuana program rules

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It could take up to two years to write regulations and make medical marijuana available through retailers in Pennsylvania to eligible patients, Pennsylvania’s secretary of health said Wednesday.

Before that, the Department of Health aims to publish regulations in July to guide parents on how to bring medical marijuana bought legally from another state into Pennsylvania to administer to a child with a qualifying condition, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said.

By the end of the year, the department expects to publish temporary regulations for growers and processors, Murphy said.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation in April making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program. The next day, the department got started on writing a raft of regulations, which are required before medical marijuana can be grown and sold in Pennsylvania.

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