Harrisburg, PA – With Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana grow center set to open in Brookville next month, Pennsylvania launched a patient and caregiver registry last week.

So far, more than 3,800 patients and more than 200 caregivers have registered. The program is expected to be fully implemented by 2018.

In order to qualify for a prescription, Pennsylvanians must have a doctor’s diagnosis of one of twenty serious conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.

If you’re curious about what exactly medical marijuana is and how it might affect our local economy, you’re invited to a DuBois Chamber Business Over Breakfast event, called “What is Medical Cannabis?” It will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 7:30 until 9 a.m. at the DuBois Best Western. Admission is $15 per person, and reservations are required. RSVP by calling the DuBois Chamber at 371-5010.

Right now, patients and caregivers across Pennsylvania can go to our Web site at medicalmarijuana.pa.gov and register to participate in the medical marijuana program. Their next step is to visit an approved doctor to become certified with the program.

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