Pennsylvania medical marijuana program expands to include dry leaf

FILE: Marijuana plants are a few weeks away from harvest in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Patients registered in Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program will soon be able to consume it in dry leaf or flower form, and more medical conditions will qualify for treatment by the drug.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's health secretary announced Monday she's accepting the recommendations of an advisory panel and adopting those changes.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine expects producers to make the dry leaf form of marijuana available sometime this summer.

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State law prevents dispensaries from selling marijuana that's designed to be smoked.

But cannabis consumer advocate Chris Goldstein says patients who buy the dry leaf product can smoke it instead of vaporize it.

Levine is also adopting a recommendation that children who need the drug be certified by a pediatrician, but she says that change may take time to implement.

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