Five Takeaways About Pennsylvania Doctors Who Can Prescribe Medical Marijuana

Ron Strider

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1. Over the summer, experts said the big unknown in Pennsylvania's bid to launch a medical marijuana industry would be whether doctors would sign on. Poor participation could make it difficult for patients to find a practitioner willing to recommend marijuana. And fewer patients could drive up the cost of the drug.

2. Advocates got their first look at that unknown on Wednesday when the state released a list of 109 approved practitioners statewide. About 200 other doctors statewide have registered and are in the process of completing four hours of required training.

3. The number is tiny considering Pennsylvania has more than 39,000 active physicians, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

4. But it's not surprising. Medical marijuana was legalized in New Jersey in 2010. Seven years later, fewer than 2 percent of New Jersey's licensed doctors are participating in the state's program. In New York, which legalized medical marijuana in 2014, only about 1 percent of doctors are participating, according to the Henry Kaiser Foundation and Marijuana Policy.

5. Still, it's a start. Philadelphia had the most doctors on the approved list – 27. Bucks County had eight while Allegheny County had 10. Six Lehigh County doctors and one Northampton County doctor were on the list. They are:

Lehigh County

-Charles Harris, an emergency medicine doctor whose address was listed as 6724 Kernsville Road, Orefield

-David Gordon, a general practice and CT surgery physician listed at 798 Hausman Rd., Suite 170, Allentown

-Kimberly Jean, a medical doctor listed at 1101 Hamilton St., Suite 257, Allentown

-Mohammad Khan, a doctor of psychiatry listed at 4949 Liberty Lane, Lower Macungie

-Nawabi Naseh, an urgent care doctor listed at 101 S. 14th St., Allentown

-Valerie Riley, a gynecology and urogynecology doctor at 3445 High Point Blvd., Suite 100, Bethlehem

Northampton County

-Thomas Yablonski, 215 N. Best Ave., Walnutport


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