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Pa. Department of Health seeks patient, caregiver input on medical marijuana regulationsOfficials set 10-day comment period

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State officials on Monday encouraged patients and caregivers to view draft regulations on Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program and send their feedback. The deadline for doing so? Ten days.

Comments will be accepted until Oct. 2.

"Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is about the patients suffering from one or more of the 17 serious medical conditions outlined in the law and the caregivers who provide them with extensive care as they suffer from their conditions," acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said.

"The proposed regulations comment period provides an opportunity to participate in developing the program to meet your needs as a patient," Levine added. "Your input as to how these regulations will affect you is invaluable and will assist the department in implementing this program as effectively as possible."

The move comes as Pennsylvania health officials have come under fire for being secretive in their approach to releasing information about the state's medical marijuana program, including details about how business applications for grower and dispensary permits were graded.

One unsuccessful applicant has sued to have the program rescind all permits and start over.

The program is supposed to be operational in 2018.

Those interested in commenting on the regulations can find information on the department's website, or email RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov.

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