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State: More than 10,000 in Pa. seek medical marijuana

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So far 10,135 patients have registered to participate in Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, according to state officials.

Of the total, 1,188 have been certified by physicians to participate, according to Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

"Patients have started to receive their medical marijuana identification cards, bringing us one step closer to getting medication to patients in the next four months," Wolf said in a statement.

In addition, 550 physicians have registered to participate, with nearly 250 of them having completed training to become certified practitioners. 

"Physicians play a critical role in this medically-focused program," Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement. "The response has been encouraging from the medical community as more doctors are becoming educated on how medical marijuana can help their patients."

Eligible patients must be Pennsylvania residents under a practitioner's care for one of numerous medical conditions set forth in state law.

Employers, meanwhile, will have to examine their policies on drug use, especially for people in positions where safety is an issue.

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