Lehigh Valley’s first medical marijuana doctors named

Six Lehigh County doctors and one Northampton County doctor have the go-ahead to issue medical marijuana certifications to patients with specific medical conditions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health released on Wednesday a list of about 100 approved practitioners statewide. It also launched the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry, with instructions on how those interested can sign up.

John Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana, said the state remains on track to deliver medical marijuana to patients within the next six months.

“You have my commitment that it’s going to happen,” he said.

Pennsylvanians with 17 medical conditions are eligible for medical marijuana patient certifications.

Those conditions are ALS, autism, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord damage, chronic pain, neuropathies and intractable seizures.

To get access to the medication, you must first create a patient profile in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry. Then, visit a physician who is approved to certify that you suffer from one of the aforementioned medical conditions.

Back at the online registry, pay $50 to the health department to obtain a medical marijuana patient ID.

Patient caregivers must also complete a criminal background check.

Patients should be able to get medical marijuana products next year at dispensaries in Allentown and Bethlehem.

Mission Pennsylvania is expected to open its first dispensary at 2733 W. Emmaus Ave, Allentown. Guadco LLC will open the Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary at 1309 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem.

Mission Pennsylvania submitted a zoning application last week, according to Allentown spokesman Mike Moore.

A zoning application was submitted yesterday for Mission Pennsylvania for the medical marijuana dispensary at 2733 West Emaus Avenue. It is a permitted use in the city’s “highway business” zoning district.

Both dispensaries need to be deemed operational by the state health department the end of 2017 to retain their permits. They’re allowed to open three storefronts each.

On Tuesday, the state approved a grower/processor facility in White Haven, Luzerne County to begin production.

Standard Farms LLC, led by CEO Peter A. Bio of Upper Saucon Township, is the second of 12 grower/processor permit recipients the health department has deemed operational.

This story will be updated.


Medical marijuana program

Approved practitioners in the Lehigh Valley

Lehigh County

Charles Harris, 6724 Kernsville Rd., Orefield

David Gordon, 798 Hausman Rd., Suite 170, Allentown

Kimberly Jean, 1101 Hamilton St., Suite 257, Allentown

Mohammad Khan, 4949 Liberty Ln., Allentown

Nawabi Naseh, 101 S. 14th St., Allentown

Valerie Riley, 3445 High Point Blvd., Suite 100, Bethlehem

Northampton County

Thomas Yablonski, 215 N. Best Ave., Walnutport

Monroe County

Mikhail Artamonov, 391 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg


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