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State’s medical marijuana patient registry grows to more than 6,000 in two weeks

Two weeks in and more than 6,000 people have signed up for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana patient registry, state officials said Thursday.

In addition, more than 300 caregivers have signed up since the registry went live on Nov. 1.

“These remarkable numbers are a clear confirmation of the need for medical marijuana to ease the pain and suffering of thousands of Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Wolf signed the medical marijuana program into law in 2016. It is scheduled to be operational in the first half of 2018.

Pennsylvania has approved the first batch of 12 grower/processor licenses and 27 dispensary licenses.

Health officials said more than 100 physicians have been approved to participate in the program. An additional 411 have also started the process of becoming approved practitioners in the commonwealth.

How-to video

Cresco Yeltrah, one of the companies awarded licenses by the state to operate medical marijuana facilities in western Pennsylvania, released a how-to video Thursday to help people register to get medical marijuana cards in the commonwealth.

The 90-second video provides a five-step process on how to get a state-issued card.

Cresco is currently the largest medical marijuana producer in the state of Illinois.

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