Pennsylvanians moved a giant step closer today to being able to get marijuana to help treat their medical conditions, as the state announced the launch of its patient and caregiver registry.

The Health Department announced Wednesday that a pilot program was successful, leading the agency to start taking applications to participate in the system. Patients should be able to obtain the medication within six months.

A 2016 state law gives people under a doctor’s care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an illness on a list of 17 qualifying conditions.

The law permits pills, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana but not marijuana in plant form. Doctors must also certify the illness and patients must obtain an identification card from the Health Department. Qualifying conditions include AIDS, autism, cancer, chronic pain and Crohn’s disease.

Source: Local News