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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-360



Medical Marijuana Advisory Board March 22, 2022, Report and the Acting Secretary of Health's Decision to Effectuate the Recommendation

[53 Pa.B. 1578]
[Saturday, March 18, 2023]

 Under section 1202 of the Medical Marijuana Act (act) (35 P.S. § 10231.1202) of the decision by the Acting Secretary of Health (Secretary) to effectuate the recommendation of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board (Board) in the Board's Report, adopted at a public meeting on March 22, 2022, under section 1201(j)(6) of the act (35 P.S. § 10231.1201(j)(6)).

 Section 1202 of the act authorizes the Secretary to effectuate recommendations of the Board by transmitting a notice to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The following is the recommendation of the Board, along with the Secretary's rationale, as to whether to effectuate the recommendation.

Recommendation: The Medical Review Subcommittee recommended adding Chronic Hepatitis C as a qualifying serious medical condition for medical marijuana usage in this Commonwealth. The Board adopted the recommendation at a public meeting on March 22, 2022.

Secretary's Rationale: The Secretary agrees and will effectuate this recommendation from the Board to add Chronic Hepatitis C as a qualifying serious medical condition for medical marijuana usage in this Commonwealth by publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The Secretary agrees that adding Chronic Hepatitis C to the list of serious medical conditions for medical marijuana usage may provide relief to patients and help alleviate complications of the disease and its symptoms. While medical marijuana alone cannot treat Chronic Hepatitis C, it can be used in a complementary way along with physician-prescribed medications to provide a higher likelihood of treatment success for Chronic Hepatitis C patients.

 Appendix A of 28 Pa. Code Ch. 1141a (relating to serious medical conditions) will be updated to add Chronic Hepatitis C to the list of serious medical conditions.

 For additional information, including an alternative format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille) contact the Office of Medical Marijuana, 625 Forster Street, Room 628, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 547-3047, or for speech and/or hearing-impaired persons, call the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-360. Filed for public inspection March 17, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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