The Pennsylvania health department has been working on the state's forthcoming Medical Marijuana Program since the day after Gov. Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act into law, according to health department officials.
Dr. Karen Murphy, the state's health secretary, spoke Wednesday during the first of several monthly news events to discuss the program's progress. Below are four things to know.
What's the health department been up to?
The department is drafting temporary regulations for the state's Medical Marijuana Program, which are expected to be published by July, Murphy said. That will precede the permanent regulations, which should be completed by the end of the year.
Health officials have been in touch with other states' programs since last August, Murphy said, gathering information on best practices and lessons learned. She has learned so far that early engagement of potential stakeholders is critical to developing a new program.