Pa. Medical Marijuana to be Available in Leaf Form

Tony Romeo
April 16, 2018 - 3:53 pm

Tony Romeo

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The state health secretary has decided to implement the recommendations of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, including one that will make medical cannabis available in dry-leaf or flower form.

State law prohibits the smoking of medical marijuana, but Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says in dry-leaf or flower form, it can be vaporized with a device or a pen. 

"It heats the leaf or flower to a certain temperature to release a vapor that the patient would then inhale," Levine said. "It doesn't heat it so hot, however, that it combusts into flame like a marijuana cigarette would."

But Levine says the effects are essentially the same, although vaporization is safer, producing fewer toxins. Also, the number of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana will grow to 21. Levine says right now, two grower/processors are shipping medication to nine dispensaries. Six more grower/processors are expected to begin shipping product by the end of the month, and eight more dispensaries will be open soon.