The dry leaf form of medical marijuana will be phased in at dispensaries starting Aug. 1 at 16 locations and expanding to 28 locations the following week.
“The dry leaf form of medical marijuana provides a cost-effective option for patients, in addition to the other forms of medication already available at dispensaries,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It’s important to note that not all dispensaries will have this medication on Aug. 1 and patients can visit our website at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov to see when their local dispensary will have it available. It’s also important to talk with your doctor or the medical professional at the dispensary to see if the dry leaf form of medical marijuana is an option for you. Dispensaries will continue to have other forms of medical marijuana, such as oils, pills, topicals, etc. available.”   Sales will began Aug. 1 at the following local dispensaries:

• Columbia Care, 1790 North Keyser Avenue, Scranton;

• Justice Grown, 7B Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville;

The department encourages those with a medical marijuana ID card to contact their local dispensary prior to visiting to be sure the dry leaf form of medical marijuana is available.

“It’s vital for patients to remember that the dry leaf form of medical marijuana is available for vaporization only,” Dr. Levine said. “It is illegal to smoke the medication. Please make sure that when transporting your medication, you keep it in the original container and have your medical marijuana ID card with you.”

More than 52,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with more than 30,000 who have received their identification cards and are able to visit a dispensary to purchase medical marijuana. More than 1,000 physicians have registered for the program, with more than 700 approved as practitioners.

The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016

The Medical Marijuana Program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.

For more information about medical marijuana, visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter.