Wolf Administration Unveils When and Where Medical Marijuana Will be Available to Patients

first_img February 13, 2018 Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced medical marijuana will be available for patients at approved dispensaries beginning February 15.“Pennsylvanians have been waiting years for this moment,” Governor Wolf said. “Medical marijuana is legal, safe and now available to Pennsylvanians suffering from 17 serious medical conditions. In less than two years, we have developed a regulatory infrastructure, approved physicians as practitioners, certified patients to participate and launched a new industry to help thousands find relief from their debilitating symptoms.”Patients are encouraged to contact the dispensary directly before visiting to see if an appointment is required. Medical marijuana will be available at the following locations:Feb. 15Cresco Yeltrah-Butler, 201 Pillow St. Butler, PA, 724-712-0705Feb. 16Keystone Canna Remedies, 1309 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem, PA, 484-408-6122Solevo-Squirrel Hill, 5600 Forward Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217, 412-422-0420Organic Remedies-Enola, 4425 Valley Road, Enola, PA 17025, 717-562-7758Feb. 17Terra Vida Holistic Center-Sellersville, 64 N. Main St., Sellersville, PA 18960, 215-257-3243Keystone Shops-Devon, 420 West Lancaster Ave., Devon, PA, 484-581-7189“Our work continues to increase access to this important medical tool,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Health Secretary and Physician General said. “Our teams are crisscrossing the state inspecting dispensaries as they are ready to open their doors. Each week we will be adding locations where Pennsylvanians suffering from serious medical conditions can get this medication.”To date, 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors have been approved to operate. Cresco Yeltrah is the first grower/processor to begin delivery to dispensaries.More than 17,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with nearly 4,000 certified by a physician. Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, 708 have registered and of those, 376 have competed the training to become certified practitioners.In order to become operational, the grower/processors and dispensaries have each undergone several inspections from the Department of Health. Each of the grower/processors are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system and are now able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 340 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, physicians, patients, and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;Approved five training providers for physician continuing-education;Approved three laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched registries for patients and caregivers, as well as physicians;Registered more than 17,000 patients for the program;Approved eight dispensaries and 10 grower/processers to begin operations; andContinued to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented in 2018. The program will offer 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.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov .For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Wolf Administration Unveils When and Where Medical Marijuana Will be Available to Patientscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Maryland goalie Howard excels with calm demeanor on, off field

first_imgKasey Howard has waited three years for a starting spot, twice.In high school, Kasey Howard attended lacrosse powerhouse Broadneck in Annapolis, Md. At the University of Maryland, she’s again waited her turn to be the first-choice goalie on a talent-rich team.Howard waited three years behind former Maryland keeper Brittany Dipper before claiming the starting job this year. Yet she brings much more than her shot-stopping talent. Her friendly, jubilant personality accompanies her competitiveness.“I think anytime you come into a highly skilled and successful varsity program and you have upperclassmen, it’s a challenge,” Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall said in an email. “Just like she did at Maryland, she fought each day and always gave her best. She earned the starting spot and was running on momentum and confidence from that moment on. She thrives on the challenge.”This season, Howard has a goals-against average of 8.14 and a save percentage of .439, highlighted by an 11-save performance in a 19-11 win at Syracuse on Feb. 17. She has guided the Terrapins to the final four, where they’ll face No. 4-seed Syracuse again on Friday at 7:30 at Villanova Stadium in Pennsylvania.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRegardless of the role she’s had on the field, Howard’s friendly presence has been constant.“She was friends with everyone and everyone had a respect for her too,” Tengwall said.High school teammate Courtney Laverdiere grew up down the street from Howard, and was a friend throughout their childhood. In elementary and middle school, they would walk through the woods to get to each other’s houses. They also attended the local youth group, Young Life, together.“She was the kind of person who got to know everyone on the team on a personal level,” Laverdiere said. “She wanted to win, but she was also everyone’s friend off the field as well.”Laverdiere remembers her junior year, Howard’s senior year, in the district championship game. It was torrentially downpouring, and Howard had a phenomenal game, saving defenders “multiple” times. Tengwall remembers that game too, which Broadneck lost in overtime to eventual state champion Severna Park (Md.) High School.Tengwall recalled a “beautiful” save in the final seconds of regulation, but a foul on the shot allowed Severna Park to tie the game on a free-position opportunity. Howard had three saves in overtime before eventually getting scored on.Howard anchored the team’s defense, and she seemed to always make a great save or two each game.“Her presence is definitely known when she’s on the field,” Laverdiere said. “Kasey was always confident. She was always loud and able to communicate what she wanted, which was great being a defender.”It’s the same type of person she is off the field.“She is a beautiful person inside and out and a smile that is very contagious,” Tengwall said. “Even as she has had such success at Maryland, she stays in touch with me and watches her BHS alumni and is still very proud of her days at Broadneck. That in itself, is a great compliment to any coach and program.”In high school, Howard participated in student government, Model UN, Salt Street Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. Her bio on the University of Maryland website says her craziest ambition is to travel to every continent.“Whatever she has done she has been very successful at,” Howard’s father Steve said. “One thing is that she’s a very consistent player and that kind of goes with her personality. She’s very calm and very collected and that helps a lot, especially in a game like lacrosse, and especially in a position like goalie.”Tengwall believes Howard’s grit will greatly benefit UMD this postseason.The same drive that earned Howard all-county honors in high school, while leading the county in save percentage twice, will undoubtedly be needed if the Terps are going to come out on top.Said Tengwall: “She is a fierce competitor. And that will carry her in this final four.” Comments Published on May 24, 2013 at 11:29 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Related Stories Getting to know Marylandcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more