“Pennsylvanians have been waiting years for this moment,” Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. “Medical marijuana is legal, safe and now available to Pennsylvanians suffering from 17 serious medical conditions. In less than two years, we have developed a regulatory infrastructure, approved physicians as practitioners, certified patients to participate, and launched a new industry to help thousands find relief from their debilitating symptoms. “
Gov. Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Program into law in April, 2016, and the program is expected to be fully implemented this year. State regulators have approved a total of 10 dispensaries, alongside 10 grower/processors. Over 17,000 patients have registered to participate in the program, but only 4,000 have been certified by a physician at this time. A little over 700 doctors in the state have registered to be able to recommend medical cannabis, and of those, 376 have completed the necessary training.