First Year of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Sales Sees Thousands of Patients, Millions of Dollars
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Posted by: Diane Berg
Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program celebrated quite a milestone last week — its first anniversary. And in that time, it not only generated a vast amount of patients and doctors, but it filtered substantial tax revenue into the treasury.
“The first year that the state’s medical marijuana program has been operational tells us that this program is working to help Pennsylvanians in need of this medication,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Patients are realizing the benefits and there has been steady, positive progress that I am pleased to report.”
So here's a look at the program's first year by the numbers:
*Numbers provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health*
More than 116,000 Pennsylvanians have registered as patients, and 83,000 have already been issued their identification cards, allowing them to buy cannabis products from several dispensaries across the state.
Nearly 1,000 physicians are now approved to certify patients to participate in the program, and more than 1,460 physicians have registered to be certified.
More: Updated list: Here are doctors who will be able to prescribe medical marijuana in Pa.
The medical marijuana program has permitted 25 grower/processors, 12 of which are operational.
It has issued 50 dispensaries, the maximum allowed under the law, and approved 45 locations to begin operations.
State dispensaries have completed nearly 600,000 medical marijuana sales, amounting to $132 million in total sales.
The state has collected over $2 million in tax revenue from growers and processors.
That state has approved 21 medical conditions that qualify for prescription medical marijuana, including autism, cancer, Crohn's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and PTSD.
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The program has evolved in other ways too. When medical marijuana sales launched last February, it first had to be processed into pills, liquids or topical ointments.
But by August, the Department of Health allowed medical marijuana patients to buy the product in dry leaf form at more than a dozen dispensaries in Pennsylvania.
With the program's first year under their belt, the Department of Health has already outlined their goals for 2019.
“Our goal for the next year and beyond is to increase the number of grower/processors and dispensaries operating, to register even more physicians and to continue the growth of our scientific, medically based program,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.
Source: Cannabis Business Times