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. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Press Association Shane Long has been given permission to leave the Republic of Ireland’s training camp to discuss a “transfer-related matter”, Press Association Sport understands. The West Brom striker is part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, but has been heavily linked with a move to Hull. A move to the KC Stadium or elsewhere now appears to be closer to happening after the 26-year-old was granted permission to return to England to start talks.
The New York Post is reporting that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never checked in with the NYPD as a registered sex offender in compliance with the order from a Manhattan judge nine years ago. Espstein is a Level 3 sex offender (the worst-of-the-worst) and was ordered to report in every 90 days. But he didn’t, not once, according to the Post. Epstein’s defense attorneys argue that his New York home, a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse, is not his primary address and that mitigates the check-in requirement to the “Sex Offender Monitoring Unit” (SOMU) despite the judge’s orders.Since he plead guilty to prostitution charges and was labeled a sex offender, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address with the NYPD 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.Epstein registered as a sex offender in New York after the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion. However, he plead guilty to a single prostitution charge.Several current and former high-ranking NYPD officials were shocked to learn from The Post that the department had given Epstein a pass on his periodic check-ins, with one saying, “It makes no sense.”The NYPD maintains that Epstein, 66, wasn’t required to check in with New York cops because he claims his primary residence is a private island, Little St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.But state Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz considered and rejected that very argument by defense lawyer Sandra Musumeci during the Jan. 18, 2011, hearing.An NYPD spokesman added that this took place years ago, before much of the current leadership at the NYPD was in place.Meanwhile, Epstein has a bail hearing connected to sex trafficking charges today in Lower Manhattan.He is currently being held without bail after his arrest last weekend on accusations he abused dozens of girls in his New York and Florida homes. His defense is expected to propose a bail package and prosecutors will then have a few days to respond before another hearing on Monday.