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On WITF’s Smart Talk – Wednesday, February 14th 2017:

In April of last year, Governor Wolf signed into law Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis legislation.

Pennsylvanians suffering from numerous illnesses including cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s Disease are qualified to obtain medical marijuana in the form of pills, oils and creams – but not in plant form.

A patient must be certified by a physician and issued a patient ID card.  Government assistance and private health insurers are not required to reimburse patients for medical marijuana costs.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Health Department released applications for growers and dispensers.  Permit approvals will be announced this June.

Joining us on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to discuss the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana program are Christine Brann, an attorney with JSDC Law Offices, who advocates for the use of medical cannabis; April Hutcheson from the Pennsylvania Department of Health who will talk about the state’s role; Kevin Provost, co-founder of Greenhouse Ventures Partnership in Philadelphia, a consultancy firm that help to grow businesses supporting the marijuana industry and Dr. Andrew Rosenstein, CEO of Steep Hill , a laboratory that tests cannabis for safety and efficacy headquartered in Maryland.

Kevin Provost and Dr. Rosenstein will be speaking at the World Medical Marijuana Business Conference and Expo April 21st and 22nd in Pittsburgh; it is the first large-scale, physician-led conference for healthcare providers and patients interested in medical marijuana.

Also, the program 1A – hosted by Joshua Johnson – made its debut at the beginning of January on WITF-FM and on public radio stations across the country.   1A replaced the Diane Rehm Show after Rehm’s retirement late last year.  Joshua Johnson appears on Smart Talk to talk about the early months of 1A and civil conversation at a volatile time in the nation’s history.

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