The Department of Health and an advisory board would oversee the program, including creating regions so patients would have access to the drug. The board would, among other tasks, determine whether to expand or reduce the number of dispensaries and the list of applicable medical conditions. Board consists of 15 members, 7 permanent members & 8 appointed by the legislature & Governor. Permanents = Secy of Health, PSP Commissioner, State Board of Pharmacy Chair, Commish of Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs, Physician General, Pres of PA Chiefs of Police Assoc & Pres of District Attorney’s Assoc.
Under the amendment, a “serious medical condition” includes cancer, epilepsy, intractable seizures, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, severe chronic and intractable pain of neuropathic origin, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease and Autism.
Another amendment removed a provision that capped individual doses to no more than 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in marijuana — leaving dosage amounts to physicians.
MDs and DOs can register with the Dept. of Health to become a “practitioner” who can in turn certify patients to use medicinal marijuana (MM).
- Under the bill, MM = oils, ointments, tinctures, liquids, gels, pills or similar substances. Bans exist on smoking MM. The bill does allow the mixing of MM into food by patient, but cannot be commercially prepared as edible. Vapor is approved for cancer, seizures or PTSD only and only on Board authorized equipment.
- Licensing fees = $50k + $5k annual renewal for growers, processors and dispensers.
- Fiscal Impact = revenue into MM Program Fund for 2016-2017 estimated at $7 million.
- Revenue from grower/processor fee estimated at $5.25 million.
- Revenue from dispensaries estimated at $1.75 million
A statement from Sen. Sean Wiley is below:
“I say this frequently: Pennsylvania is changing. I am incredibly fortunate to be a part of history making by allowing access to life-saving treatment for people across this Commonwealth,” said Sen. Wiley. “It is important for Pennsylvanians to know what this is and what it is not. This is an avenue to address medical conditions, not government subsidized recreation. I credit my colleagues Senator Mike Folmer and Senator Daylin Leach for continuing to push to make this a reality in Pennsylvania and families here locally like the O’Neills, the Stones and the Treibers who advocate for compassionate use so that other loved ones don’t needlessly suffer as their loved ones did.”