Wolf Administration Approves Fulton County Facility to Begin Medical Marijuana Production

first_img December 06, 2017 Wolf Administration Approves Fulton County Facility to Begin Medical Marijuana Production Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health  Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration’s Pennsylvania Department of Health today approved Ilera Healthcare LLC., in Taylor Township, Fulton County to grow and process medical marijuana, becoming the fourth facility to be operational.“Pennsylvania now has four grower/processors that are fully operational, bringing us one step closer to providing medical marijuana to patients,” Governor Wolf said. “More than 8,000 patients have registered to participate in the program, with 435 who have visited an approved practitioner and received their certification.  We are working to make sure those patients have access to medical marijuana when the first dispensaries open sometime next year.”In order to become operational, Ilera Healthcare underwent several inspections from the Department of Health. The facilities also are fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system. The grower/processors will now be able to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana.“Patients, caregivers and physicians are actively getting ready to participate in the program,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “More than 150 physicians have been approved as practitioners, with nearly 350 more going through the process.”The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved more than 300 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries physicians and laboratories, all which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Issued permits to grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Approved four training providers for physician continuing education;Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients;Launched the Patient and Caregiver Registry; andContinue to work with permittees to ensure they will be operational within six months.The Medical Marijuana Program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented by 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a practitioner’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by the Medical Marijuana Law.Questions about the Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available on the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Obisia Tells Young Boxers to Avail themselves of the Opportunity

first_imgGOtv Boxing NextGen Search, organised in partnership with the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame and Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C), will see boxers, not older than 25, from across the country feature in sparring sessions under the supervision of accomplished coaches like Joe Mensah, Nwakpa and Jerry Okorodudu at the Lagos Boxing Hall of Gym in Lagos.Those selected by coaches will have their professional licences paid for by the sponsors of the search.The event debuted in February and has produced a new crop of young professional boxers, some of whom started their professional careers at the last two editions of GOtv Boxing Night.The talent hunt programme is being held in association with the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) and the Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame.The boxers being sought must be on the verge of turning professional and will have to undergo sparring sessions to determine their suitability.The maiden edition of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search attracted over a 100 boxers out of which 28 were selected. Many of those selected from the search have participated at GOtv Boxing Night. Rilwan Babatunde, Osamudiamen Goodluck, Matthew Obinna and Chukwuebuka Ezewudo are some of the graduates of the search that have fought at GOtv Boxing Night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GOtv Boxing NextGen 2Boxing coach and former Commonwealth Champion, Obisia Nwakpa, has called on young boxers aspiring to turn professional to take advantage of GOtv Boxing NextGen 2, which begins on 17 August.Speaking in Lagos, Nwakpa said: “This is an opportunity no talented boxer should miss. It is a window into the professional cadre. The sponsors are willing to help boxing and boxers, so the boxers should take up the opportunity and they can progress from there. This search is the only one of its kind. Any serious young boxer cannot allow this opportunity to pass.”last_img read more

Bashir Hayford believes it’s still early days to judge his side

first_imgAshantigold coach Bashir Hayford believes his team are still in the process of finding their rhythm after several first team departures in the off-season.The league champions lost as many as five players to foreign clubs in the off season with the Miners injecting new faces in their squad.This has led to a generally inconsistent start for the Miners this season. Ashantigold are undefeated in the league after a win and two draws but have lost the Super Cup and knocked out of the CAF Champions League.However, Bashir Hayford believes they will come good with time.“This is the beginning of the league we have played only three matches. We are blending old and new players.”“We have about only fifty per cent of the players we used last season.” “We had to replace them so it will take time for them to gel.”Ashantigold play Hasaacas in matchday four of the Ghana Premier League at Sekondi.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

‘Liberia’s Dark Days Are Over’

first_imgWith Ebola rapidly losing ground in the country, the man in the forefront of the fight against the deadly virus, Tolbert Nyenswah, says Liberia has passed the ‘dark days’ when the EVD brought the country to its knees. Confirming the tremendous progress made to eradicate the virus from Liberia, Mr. Nyenswah, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, said Liberia is now equipped with substantial technical and logistical support and stands prepared to defeat the Ebola virus. Minister Nyenswah sounded what he perhaps hopes to be the final battle cry at the recent launch of the “Ebola Must Go!! Ebola is Everybody’s Business” campaign held at the Christ Kingdom Harvest Church in the New Georgia community. The campaign was kicked off by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“In September, we didn’t have the number of bed space; now, we’re fast approaching about 2,000 beds in the country. At the time we didn’t have testing laboratories to confirm Ebola cases; today, we have about nine laboratories”“Many health workers fell prey to the disease but today, we’ve trained over 9,000 health workers that can do proper infection prevention and control,” he said.Minister Nyenswah, praised the efforts of both local and international responders to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.  Their assistance and support have yielded incredible results, he declared.   He recalled all the mechanisms that the Liberian government and partners have provided as a vehicle to help communities, pointing out that “What can stop Ebola is community engagement and partnership.” Mr. Nyenswah said that they (government officials and international partners) were in the New Georgia community to commend and encourage the good example exhibited by the community members. Since September the community has not reported any new case because of its resilience and persistent adherence to prevention measures.“You’ve already won the war as a community; but for you to reach the finishing line it’s everybody’s business,” he said, as he urged and pleaded with communities to adhere to the advice of health authorities and healthcare workers to prevent the spread of the virus.Christ Kingdom Harvest Church in the New Georgia community was selected for the launch for its role in helping the community fight the deadly Ebola virus.  The community lost a total of 12 persons, including five who were victims.The church subsequently organized community volunteers and went from house-to-house whenever there was a suspected case to find some means to help victims. To date there are eight persons in the community who survived the EVD, including six children who lost their parents. The church has been able to care for the children. In her remarks, President Sirleaf praised the efforts of the New Georgia community and termed their fight against Ebola a success story, the result of an effective combination of community and church leaders working with health officials to stop Ebola.“We want to commend you. We want to congratulate you and we’re here to honor you,” President Sirleaf said.The campaign is a nationwide effort between the Government of Liberia, partners and particularly the people of Liberia to achieve the national goal of ‘No New Cases’ by the end of the year, President Sirleaf declared.She indicated that Liberia has made great progress in stopping Ebola but noted that the disease is still in the country. “We all have to intensify our efforts to travel that very difficult last mile,” she stressed.She ended her appeal with this quotation: “To go from 100 to 90 is hard but to go from 10 to 0 is even harder.”Everybody knows that, “Ebola Is Real and we’ve now passed that stage, said President Sirleaf.  Now we must highlight that “Ebola Must Go,” she said, adding, “This is why I am joining this community that has been such a strong group in fighting Ebola. We are launching it in a place where they have made a difference.”President Sirleaf pledged US$5,000 to the church during the launch; while the United Nations Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) pledged US$10,000 to the campaign and another US$1,000 to the community.The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative on UNMEER, Anthony Banbury described the efforts of the community in helping to fight Ebola as “inspirational.”“It is really inspirational to feel the sense of community effort that exists here in New Georgia. It is also inspirational to see the results of the community to fight Ebola and chase it out of the community – to look after survivors, to care for the sick, to be such a role model for other communities – I am really inspired by it,” he declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more