The state Health Department’s medical marijuana program is expected to launch by early 2018, state health officials said Tuesday.
“The department is being very thoughtful and thorough in our approach to developing and implementing a medically focused program that will benefit patients with serious medical conditions,” said Dr. Karen Murphy, the state’s health secretary, in a statement. “We have started working closely with physician groups to disseminate important information and have formed a physician workgroup to ensure continued communication and feedback on the program and its implementation.”After years of debate, the state’s medical marijuana law was signed in April. It will allow patients suffering from certain conditions to obtain medical cannabis products from dispensaries after receiving certification from a doctor. [Read more at Reading Eagle]