Input on Medical Marijuana Solicited; the Pennsylvania Department of Health Is Seeking Public Input on Proposed Regulations for Laboratories Responsible for Testing Medical Marijuana as the Agency Continues to Roll out the Program. [Derived Headline]

By Schmitt, Ben | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 9, 2016 | Go to article overview

Input on Medical Marijuana Solicited; the Pennsylvania Department of Health Is Seeking Public Input on Proposed Regulations for Laboratories Responsible for Testing Medical Marijuana as the Agency Continues to Roll out the Program. [Derived Headline]


Schmitt, Ben, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Pennsylvania Department of Health is seeking public input on proposed regulations for laboratories responsible for testing medical marijuana as the agency continues to roll out the program.

"We're especially looking for comments from the laboratory community to help us develop regulations that protect the integrity of the medical marijuana testing process," Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said in a news release. "As we move forward in this groundbreaking effort, we want to make sure that patient safety is paramount, and laboratories are essential to meeting that goal. These regulations are designed to ensure we have a safe and responsible process in place."

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a medical marijuana bill into law in April, and it is expected to be implemented by 2018.

Proposed, temporary regulations for laboratories outline:

- Protocols for sampling, testing and reporting.

- Quality assurance programs.

- Transportation of samples from grower/processor facilities.

- The financial, legal and operational requirements an individual needs to be considered for a laboratory permit.

- How those permits would be approved.

Murphy asked state residents who are eligible for medical marijuana to take a separate survey about their needs.

"We want your feedback to ensure that we are developing a top- quality program that provides relief to those in pain," she said.

Patrick Nightingale, executive director of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, said he is encouraged that the health department is seeking public feedback. …

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