HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Changes are coming to the state’s medical marijuana program.
The Department of Health prohibits the use of products containing additives not approved by the FDA. This affects vaporized medical marijuana products. On the Department of Health’s website, there is a list of over 600 products the department wants people to stop using.
They also asked producers and processors to stop selling the listed items.
An email sent to patients and caregivers who are part of the medical marijuana program stated the following:
Office of Medical Marijuana
However, the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition is not happy with the agency’s decision. In a press release, they said the following:
The Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition strongly disagrees with the misguided action by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana, to ban all additives in vaporized medical marijuana products. This action affects the second largest product category on the market. The Department has previously approved these products which hundreds of thousands of patients have been using safely and effectively to treat their serious medical conditions since 2018. During this time, the Department has never publicly reported any adverse events related to these products.
The Ministry of Health unnecessarily caused panic among the patients. The decision rendered by e-mail is a gross misinterpretation of the law and is not based on any scientific standard.
This action will not only deprive patients of their medicines, but will create an artificial supply problem in the regulated market. This will cause irreparable damage to the burgeoning medical marijuana market in Pennsylvania while endangering the health and safety of patients by returning them to the illicit market.
We encourage the Department to maintain its order and meet with medical and industry experts to develop product standards that deliver safe and effective medicines to the Commonwealth’s half-million medical marijuana patients.
Meredith Buettner, executive director of the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition