December 23, 2016

PA Bulletin: Health Dept. Temporary Regs On Medical Marijuana Lab Testing

The Department of Health published notice in the December 24 PA Bulletin and a copy of temporary regulations in Chapter 1171 covering laboratory testing of medical marijuana under the state’s Medical Marijuana Program and inviting comments on the regulations.
"The temporary regulations help us ensure that patients will receive safe medication to help treat medical conditions," said Secretary of health Dr. Karen Murphy. "Laboratories are essential to maintaining the integrity and quality assurance of the medication patients will get at a dispensary. While we have been talking a great deal about regulations, it's important to remember that this program is to provide medication to patients who desperately need it."
The temporary regulations detail:
-- How laboratory approvals will be issued, renewed and suspended or revoked;
-- Protocols for sample selection, testing and result reporting;
-- Quality assurance programs;
-- Transportation of samples from grower/processor facilities;
-- How laboratories may advertise their services to growers/processors; and
-- How laboratories will report their results to the department.
The temporary regulations will expire on December 24, 2018.
For more information, visit Health’s PA Medical Marijuana Program Laboratories webpage.