Lancaster County could soon have a lot more doctors able to recommend medical marijuana for patients.
This week, dozens of local health care providers took a four-hour University of the Sciences course required to participate in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.
But it remains to be seen whether they go on to register with the Department of Health and join the 12 local doctors — many of them independent practitioners — who are currently participating in the program.
Under Pennsylvania law, every doctor who finishes the process and is approved to recommend medical marijuana for patients is included on a public list. However, inclusion on that list does not mean that doctors are accepting new patients.
Gail Groves Scott, manager of the university’s Substance Use Disorders Institute, said 85 people took the training Saturday. About a third were from Lancaster General Health, and about a third from Hospice & Community Care. The rest were other local clinicians and providers from places like Kennett Square and Harleysville.