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Wolf Administration Announces Medical Marijuana Applications Available for Second Phase of Program

first_img April 05, 2018 Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that permit applications are available online and for submission for grower/processors, dispensaries and academic clinical research centers (ACRCs) as part of the second phase of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.“Because of the Department of Health’s careful tracking of the number of patients in need of and receiving identification cards for medical marijuana, we now know that it’s the right time to expand the number of growers/processors and dispensaries,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “We are also introducing the ability to apply to conduct medical marijuana research at academic institutions, which can enhance efforts to determine how this medication can be best used to safely and effectively treat various diseases.”Phase two of the program will allow for up to 13 new grower/processor permits and up to 23 new primary dispensary permits. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program will be increased to 25 grower/processors permittees and 50 dispensary permittees, the maximum numbers allowed by the medical marijuana law.“The department continues to work to ensure that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is second-to-none in providing this form of treatment to patients with serious medical conditions,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This next phase of the program will expand the reach of medical marijuana to make it more convenient for patients who need this medication. By approving ACRCs, Pennsylvania will be the first state in the nation to conduct medical marijuana research to benefit patients in need.”In addition, the 14th dispensary, Columbia Care Pennsylvania, LLC, in Scranton, Lackawanna County, has passed all Department of Health inspections and can begin operations. Patients will be able to purchase medical marijuana at this location once it is available.Nearly 28,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with nearly 11,000 certified by a physician and over 10,000 who have received their identification cards. Dispensaries have recorded more than 10,500 patient purchases of medical marijuana.Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, over 900 have registered and of those, 511 have competed the training to become certified practitioners.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, laboratories, and academic clinical research centers and clinical registrants, all of 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 four laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched registries for patients and caregivers, as well as physicians;Registered nearly 28,000 patients for the program;Approved 14 dispensaries and 12 grower/processers to begin operations; andContinue to work with permittees to ensure they will become operational.The Medical Marijuana Program offers 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. Wolf Administration Announces Medical Marijuana Applications Available for Second Phase of Programcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Joshua Retains Heavyweight Titles, Stops Takam in 10th Round

first_imgBritish Nigerian world heavyweight champion, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua, stopped resilient French-Cameroonian Carlos Takam in the 10th round to successfully defend his IBF and WBA heavyweight world titles in Cardiff. The Briton made it 20 victories from as many bouts in front of an estimated 78,000 at the Principality Stadium.Joshua’s nose was cut in the second round by the head of Takam, 36, who replaced Kubrat Pulev 12 days before the bout. Joshua, 28, then cut Takam’s eye in the fourth, but it took until round 10 for the Cameroon-born boxer to be stopped.Takam got the fight at the last minute, a replacement for the injured mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, and he made the most of his opportunity. In the months ahead, Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, will do their best to get Deontay Wilder to put his WBC belt up against the WBA and IBF versions owned by the British champion. It is inevitable, even if the date is uncertain.Takam, who fought without fear against the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Joseph Parker, trusting the strength of his left hook and right cross, was respectful to the point of near absence in a quiet opening but warmed to the task.A pair of careless headbutts drew blood from the champion’s nose in round two, which sparked Joshua into life, and the punches started to flow. He said beforehand he expected a physical confrontation; he probably envisaged something more conventional.Having tasted the best that Wladimir Klitschko had to offer, Joshua seemed unnecessarily cautious, perhaps restrained by thoughts of shipping a shock finisher from the rank underdog. Takam, cut near the right eye after a heavy exchange in the fourth, went over briefly but he showed his fighting heart in a doomed exercise from that point on.Joshua set about cutting down his wounded prey in the fifth, and the referee, Phil Edwards, asked the ringside doctor to inspect Takam’s blinking right eye before allowing them to resume. The blood was pouring freely but he soldiered on.Takam, cut on the left eye now, landed a couple of minor bombs in the seventh, but Joshua was in cruise mode. The crowd had grown restless, though, and craved a knockout. Joshua had delivered 19 of them since turning professional and, jabbing to the body to bring down his opponent’s guard, he wanted another to keep his perfect stoppage record.The doctor took another look at Takam’s eyes before the start of the ninth round and allowed the battle to continue. He swung with even more urgency now, suspecting the cuts would end his challenge.Joshua staggered him with a succession of head shots that rocked him to his boots in the 10th, and, even though he would not go down, the referee moved between them. He had seen enough – although it was not entirely clear that the crowd had.The referee’s decision was booed by the crowd in Wales, who clearly felt it was premature, but Joshua said he has “no interest” in what the officials do.“I come to fight, I don’t sit on the edge and make decisions,” he said. “It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam.“I have no interest in what is going on with the officials, that’s not my job. I think people want to see Takam unconscious on the floor, and that’s what I was trying to get to.”Watford fighter Joshua confirmed his nose had been broken by Takam when the pair clashed heads in the second round. “I had to keep my cool,” added Joshua. “I’ve got a few months to heal it up. I’ll go and see some good doctors to crack it back in place.“If I showed any signs of weakness, the ref could have jumped in. That’s what he (Takam) tried to do, but the ref stopped it.”Takam said: “I want a rematch, I made my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want to box him again. I want him, he is a great championShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more