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The Department of Health expanded financial assistance available in the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program (MMAP) and announced the ninth clinical registrant of the Medical Marijuana Research Program. “The department is pleased to be able to expand assistance to Medical Marijuana patients and caregivers who may be experiencing financial hardships,” Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter…
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The Department of Health expanded financial assistance available in the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program (MMAP) and announced the ninth clinical registrant of the Medical Marijuana Research Program.

“The department is pleased to be able to expand assistance to Medical Marijuana patients and caregivers who may be experiencing financial hardships,” Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said. “Patients deserve to have access to their medicine to treat medical conditions and cost should not be a barrier.”

With the enactment of Act 44 of 2021, the department was able to add new services that help provide assistance to medical marijuana patients and caregivers. To provide assistance as quickly as possible, the expansion of MMAP is occurring in three phases:

Phase 1 will eliminate annual identification card fees for eligible participants registered in an existing commonwealth financial hardship program.
Phase 2 will eliminate all background check fees for eligible caregivers.
Phase 3 will distribute a to-be-determined benefit amount per funding period per eligible patient.

Phases 1 and 2 have been implemented. Phase 3 implementation is in process as the infrastructure and support system to execute is being developed.

The clinical research program, guided by Act 43 of 2018 and amended by Act 44 of 2021, allows for 10 clinical registrants who each must hold both a grower/processor and a dispensary permit, along with a research contract with one of nine approved academic clinical research centers. [Read more at PennWatch.org]

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