Pa. sets temporary guidelines for medical marijuana’s ‘safe harbor’ provision

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Parents of children suffering from debilitating seizures can seek permission to give medical marijuana from outside of Pennsylvania beginning next month.

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy announced Friday that temporary guidelines for the safe harbor provision are complete.

The guidelines outline specific requirements that must be followed when parents, guardians and caregivers apply to obtain medical marijuana for children with a physician-documented serious medical condition.

Once approved, Murphy said the letter should be carried whenever medical marijuana is being transported outside of an individual’s home.

Murphy said those applying for the letter should prepare ahead of time to ensure they have everything they will need to complete an application. All applicants will need a picture ID, will have to complete a background check, and must also obtain a completed Safe Harbor Letter Physician Form from the child’s Pennsylvania-licensed doctor.

The temporary guidelines can be viewed here.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in April.

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