Wolf Administration: 100,000 Medical Marijuana Patient Certifications, First Phase II Grower/Processor Now Operational

first_imgWolf Administration: 100,000 Medical Marijuana Patient Certifications, First Phase II Grower/Processor Now Operational Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that approved doctors have issued more than 100,000 patient certifications to allow patients with serious medical conditions access to the state’s medical marijuana program.“Realizing 100,000 patient certifications and seeing the first Phase II grower and processor operationalized is a testament to the hard work of the Department of Health, the many advocates for this program, and our General Assembly who passed this legislation nearly three years ago,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “It’s progress that is making a difference in the lives of many Pennsylvanians.”“Medical marijuana is an important tool for patients and physicians to treat one of the 21 approved serious medical conditions in the program,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It’s important for patients to remember that their certification expires, and they have to visit an approved doctor to renew it. While many certifications are for 12 months, some may be for three, six or nine months, so it is important to talk with your doctor to set up your recertification appointment.”In addition, the department approved the first Phase II medical marijuana grower/processor, FarmaceuticalRx, LLC, located in Farrell, Mercer County, to begin operations, bringing the total number of operational grower/processors to 13. In order to become operational, each grower/processor and dispensary must complete an operational checklist and go through multiple site inspections.More than 131,000 patients in Pennsylvania have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, and close to 102,000 have received their patient certification and are able to purchase medical marijuana at a dispensary. In addition to patients, more than 1,500 physicians have registered for the program, 1,099 of whom have been approved as practitioners. More than 780,000 dispensing events have occurred at medical marijuana dispensaries across Pennsylvania, with more than 2.2 million products sold.The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:• Completed temporary regulations to enact the program;• Convened the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board;• Approved six training providers for physician continuing education;• Approved four laboratories to test this medication before it is delivered to patients;• Registered more than 131,000 patients and issued more than 100,000 patient certifications;• Validated more than 780,000 dispensing events and more than 2,200,000 products sold;• Issued 25 grower/processors permits, 13 of which are operational;• Issued 50 dispensary permits and approved 46 locations to begin operations; and• Certified eight medical schools as Academic Clinical Research Centers.The medical marijuana program offers medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under an approved practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.For more information about the medical marijuana program, visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov or follow the Department of Health on Facebook and Twitter. April 04, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rowing’s not just for toffs, insists local coach

first_imgTrenton Oldfield grabbed headlines worldwide when he dived into the River Thames on Saturday and swam between the Oxford and Cambridge crews, stopping the Boat Race.He said he was protesting against elitism – suggesting the sport is only for the privileged – but one observer feels his actions have had the opposite effect, and believes portraying rowing as a sport for toffs undermines the work of community clubs and coaches, who make it accessible to anyone.Steve O’Connor, who works as a coaching and development officer at Barn Elms Boathouse, on the Thames opposite Craven Cottage, wrote an ‘open letter’ challenging Oldfield to look again at the sport.AdChoices广告—Dear Mr Oldfield,After your despicable actions on Saturday 7th April I felt compelled to write to you to give a different perspective as to why your actions were so abhorrent. This won’t have crossed your mind but did it ever occur to you the long-term lasting damage your actions would have?The following is from your infamous blog:“This is a public event, for and by the elites with broader social relations aims. The fact that it happens in the public realm (visible) almost exactly as it has done for the last 158 years also becomes important; the untouched; the unchanged is significant. Most standing alongside the Thames today are in fact the pumped-up though obedient administrators, managers, promoters, politicians and enforcers; functional, strategic and aspirational elites. The transnational-corpo-aristocratic ruling class (invisible) haven’t turned up today and would never consider doing so, despite the best endeavours of Bollinger, Xchange and Hammersmith & Fulham’s mayor.”Mr. Oldfield, have you ever met any of these Boat Race competitors during their preparations for the contest? Do you have any idea of the discipline, desire, suffering sacrifice and plain hard work that all 18 competitors put in just to arrive on the start line? I feel that I already know the answer to my question after reading the above snippet from your site but apart from your lack of understanding of what you have stumbled into you have caught my attention for another, altogether more complicated reason.In your mindless ramblings you mention that The Boat Race is held on a course full of elitist landmarks such as St. Paul’s, Fulham Palace and Chiswick House. I noticed that conspicuous by its absence was the Barn Elms Boathouse. Clearly you won’t know where or what this is but this is a Wandsworth Council facility on the banks of the Thames opposite the Fulham Football Ground. I am proud to say I work at Barn Elms and this has driven me to write this letter to you.My job is to bring rowing to all school children across the borough so they can have a taster of this beautiful sport. We teach children from all backgrounds, both racial and financial, we subsidise those that could not afford to take part in this sport and we make sure that there is opportunity for all. One of the things I also spend a lot of time doing is dispelling the elitist myth that surrounds rowing. Many ill-informed people, such as you, believe the sport to be straight out of the 19th century and not the progressive body that it is today. This notion puts children off having a go in a boat and as a result costs us an untold number of future champions both on the podium and within the sport and community.By choosing rowing as your vehicle to get your ‘message’ across you are undoing years of hard work by myself and hundreds of my colleagues throughout the country. What you have done is reinforce the thoughts of those without all the facts that rowing is elitist, that it isn’t for them and that they shouldn’t bother. You will have driving a wedge in peoples mind that means next time they pass mine, or another boathouse, rather than pop in to see what it’s all about they will simply remember that you told them all rowers were toffs.Having watched the re-run of the whole race I can’t begin to describe the rage that built up inside me when I saw you swimming out to meet the boats. Not only because you cheated us out of a great race, not only because your ‘cause’ is no more real than in your head but mostly because you threatened the future of our sport.I would be more than happy for you to complete a week’s work experience at my boathouse so you can see the hollowness of your argument. I do, regrettably, suspect that you won’t accept my offer, as you will be gleefully reading your column inches whilst slapping yourself on the back at a job well done.Yours sincerely,Steven O’ConnorSee also: Angry Hudspith blasts Boat Race swimmerVideo: Training with Oxford ahead of the Boat RaceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more