Dry leaf medical marijuana available at some dispensaries Wednesday

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Medical marijuana in dry leaf form will be available to registered patients in Pennsylvania for the first time, beginning this week.

The Health Department said dispensaries in Enola, Lancaster, and Steelton are among 16 locations that will have the medication available Wednesday.

Dispensaries in Carlisle, Chambersburg, and Hanover will have the dry leaf form by Aug. 8.

Dry leaf was not initially permitted under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, but the change was recommended by an advisory panel and accepted by Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine in April, in theory to allow users to vaporize and inhale dry leaf.

“It’s vital for patients to remember that the dry leaf form of medical marijuana is available for vaporization only,” Levine said. “It is illegal to smoke the medication.”

Levine said the dry leaf form of medical marijuana will provide a cost-effective option for patients.

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