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Medical marijuana

Samples of medical marijuana are seen at the open house of Rise Carlisle in May 2018. Pennsylvania added anxiety disorders to the list of qualifying conditions for patients.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Health Department is adding anxiety disorders and Tourette’s syndrome to the list of conditions that can qualify people to obtain legal medical marijuana.

The heath secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced Thursday she’ll be adding them as of July 20.

Levine says her decision was based on the recommendation of the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board and her own review of medical research literature.

She says medical marijuana shouldn’t be the first treatments for those conditions, but physicians can recommend it to be used together with traditional therapeutic approaches.

The list already includes cancer, epilepsy, intractable seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder, terminal illness and other conditions.

Nearly 111,000 Pennsylvanians have been certified for participation in the state’s medical marijuana program.

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