Monday marks the start of the application period for growers and dispensaries under Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana program.

Last year, the Keystone State became the 24th to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. Since then, the Department of Health has overseen the drafting of regulations to govern the program.

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The first phase of the rollout will see the issuance of 12 permits for growers and processors of cannabis and 27 permits for dispensaries to distribute medicine to registered patients.

Both growing and dispensing operations will be spread across the state, in six regions designated by the state. The region that includes Harrisburg, for example, will see four dispensaries and two grower/processors.

Pennsylvania will accept applications from prospective growers/processors and dispensaries until March 20. For more information, visit the state Medical Marijuana Program website.

Under Pennsylvania’s new law, doctors and patients must first register with the state before participating in a treatment program. Patients can qualify to use medical marijuana if they have been diagnosed with one of 17 conditions, including ALS, cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease and HIV/AIDs.

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