SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 31, 2017 Human Services, Medical Marijuana, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved Standard Farms, LLC in White Haven, Luzerne County, to grow and process medical marijuana, keeping the program on track to deliver medical marijuana to patients next year.“Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is one step closer to becoming fully operational,” Governor Wolf said. “We remain on track to provide medical marijuana safely and effectively to Pennsylvanians with serious medical conditions sometime in 2018. In the coming weeks, the Department of Health expects the rest of the grower/processors to be approved to begin production.”In order to become operational, Standard Farms 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.“We are working with patients, caregivers and physicians to make sure they are ready to participate in the program,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Patients are our first priority, and we want to get medication to them as safely and efficiently as possible.”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 three training providers for physician continuing education;Approved two laboratories to test medication before it is delivered to patients; 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. Wolf Administration Approves Luzerne County Facility to Begin Medical Marijuana Production
Batesville, In. — Southern Indian Voices for Children earned a $20,000 grant from National CASA and to facilitate volunteer classes and will soon open an office in the Batesville area.The cases of child abuse have more than doubled in the past two years for Jefferson County. Ripley County numbers have more than tripled in 3 years – going from 50 in 2014 to 152 in 2017. Officials say there are 232 children on the CASA waiting list.This grant was written for increased staff for increased recruitment and support for Jefferson volunteers since we won the VOCA federal grant in 2016 that we applied 100% to add a similar staff member in Ripley County. We plan to continue to look for ways to increase our funding, therefore increasing our staff and volunteers – and most importantly –children served.More exciting news for Ripley county – we are excited to announce we will be opening our doors to an office in Ripley county as of February 1. We will be located in the Rom Weber building in Batesville with myself and our Ripley Volunteer Coordinator spending office hours there every week. In October, our goal is to increase staff there full-time.
SEVEN male teams and five female sides will battle from this morning in a one-day outdoor hockey competition at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Twenty-five games will be played simultaneously on two pitches in the Bounty and Antonio’s Grille-sponsored event.GCC will field three teams: GBTI GCC Tigers, GBTI GCC Spice and GBTI GCC Spartans. The other female sides expected to compete are Saints and YMCA Old Fort.In the male competition, GCC, Saints and YMCA will all have two teams, while the Hikers will field one. The men’s group is split into two groups. Group A includes: Bounty GCC The Sequel, Saints Splinters, YMCA Old Fort Warriors and Pepsi Hikers, while Group B will have Bounty GCC Pitbulls, Saints Savages and YMCA Old Fort Carriers.The day’s action bullies off with the Old Fort Warriors tackling the Saints Splinters at 11:30hrs, before the females take to the field 25 minutes later with the GCC Spice tackling Saints on pitch one and Spartans meeting Old Fort on pitch two.The teams (both males and females) will continue battling throughout the afternoon until they play the semi-finals from 15:40hrs.The men’s final is scheduled for 16:30hrs, while the female final is scheduled for 16:55hrs.
Ghana’s first skeleton Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong, twice qualified for the finals during the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation Pyeongchang InterContinental Cup this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It is the same track where Frimpong made history for his country and began his drive to become the Hope of a Billion when he competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Frimpong’s results this week showed just how far Frimpong has come as a skeleton athlete on the world stage. In 2018, Frimpong finished 30th out of 30 athletes.This week, Frimpong finished 19th and 20th out of 24 athletes beating countries from the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Luxembourg, and New Zealand.The results come despite not having a sliding coach. As his successful sliding season wraps up, Frimpong competed in 12 races and qualified for the finals eleven times. Frimpong currently ranks 76th out of 150 skeleton athletes in the world. He can still move up in the world rankings since only 7 best races are now counted on the world rankings with one more to be added by next weekend. “I made some big improvements this year,” Frimpong said. “I’m proud of what I have accomplished, but there is still so much work ahead of me before the 2022 Olympics. I hope in the upcoming season I can find the support I need to have a sliding coach to make bigger strides for Ghana.“ Qualifying for the Olympics is going to be extremely difficult if I don’t have a sliding coach and the resources of other countries. I trust something good will happen I just have to keep working hard and stay relentless.”“For now, I plan to take a couple of days off to be with my family then start training to prepare for next season. I want to thank my head sponsor, Ghana Gas, whose support has been critical to my growth this season. “Team Murdock Hyundai from Murray, Utah made my traveling to training locally possible since 2017 and my new sponsor, Forever Living Products International has been supporting me with their amazing Aloe Vera products which help with my recovery. Finally, I have to thank everyone who has been part of the Hope of a Billion story this season.”