As Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program continues to grow, the Department of Health has taken steps to make more patients eligible to participate:
“We have expanded the number of serious medical conditions to include neurodegenerative diseases, terminal illness, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and opioid-use disorder,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It’s important to note that medical marijuana is not a substitute for proven treatments for opioid-use disorder. In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana will be available to patients if all other treatment fails, or if a physician recommends that it be used in conjunction with traditional therapies.”
Pennsylvania is the first state to add opioid-use disorder separately as an approved condition for medical marijuana patients.
“By adding opioid-use disorder as an approved medical condition under the program, we not only give physicians another tool for treatment of this devastating disease, but we allow for research to be conducted on medical marijuana’s effectiveness in treatment,” Dr. Levine said. “Only approved conditions under the law can be studied through our research program.” PA.Gov
Columbia Care PA appreciates the efforts of the Department of Health to make the medical marijuana program accessible to those who need it most. We’ll continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that Pennsylvania patients receive the highest possible standard of care.
For an updated list of qualifying medical conditions and instructions on joining the program, please visit our Get a Card page.