Frosty Morning on Fishing Creek
Thursday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 31 ; .15” rain
FRI-DECREASING CLOUDS, HIGH 45
FRI NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 31
SAT-SHOWERS ALL DAY, INCREASING, HIGH 42
SAT NIGHT-HEAVIER SHOWERS, LOW 34
SUN-SNOW POSSIBLE, HIGH 39
SUN NIGHT-CLOUDY,LOW 26
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BFB Headlines (Friday, November 17, 2017) Potter County Commissioners adopt resolution regarding medical marijuana prescribed for jail employees…Scarnati is prodding House members to approve expansion of CHIP program….FAQ about medical marijuana….Bear weigh stations set up in Coudersport, Mt. Jewett and Wellsboro for season which starts Saturday….Annual Childrens’ gift program has begun in Cameron County…..next on-air report after 10:06 am today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com
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As Pennsylvania moves closer to implementation of medical marijuana, (one of the dispensaries will be located in Bradford) the Potter County Commissioners last week approved a resolution regarding the possession and use of medical marijuana in the county jail by employees. The resolution calls for the medicine to be taken into the jail only if a dose of such medication is required to be taken during the employee’s scheduled shift; the employee must provide the sheriff written verification of the medical necessity and that no medications be taken into any area of the jail where inmates have access.
Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana bill was signed into law in April 2016 and Pennsylvania is now the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. Federally, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act and, technically, the federal government does not permit the legal use of medical marijuana at this time.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is eligible for medical marijuana?
Certified patients with serious medical conditions who are under a doctor’s care may obtain medical marijuana from a state dispensary with their medical marijuana identification card.
What are the serious medical conditions?
The list of allowed medical conditions is as follows: cancer, epilepsy, intractable seizures, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective (i.e. severe neurological pain or severe pain that resists traditional pain management), damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indicated of intractable spasticity (i.e. this includes neurological damage which does not fit into typical chronic pain definitions, like chiari malformation), inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), neuropathies, sickle cell anemia and Huntington’s disease.
What is the process to receive medical marijuana?
Patients will receive a certification from a registered doctor who is able to prescribe medical marijuana that the patient is under their continuing care for a serious medical condition. Patients will then apply with the Department of Health (DOH) for a medical marijuana identification card and then with the identification card they may go to a state dispensary to receive their medication.
Do patients have to wait this long?
There is a safe harbor provision in the law that says during the first two years, parents can bring marijuana into Pennsylvania that was legally acquired in other states for the treatment of their children. It is important to remember that it is still deemed illegal by the federal government who could prosecute interstate shipments.
Will patients be able to smoke medical marijuana?
NO. Smoking medical marijuana is prohibited. Patients will be able to get their medicine in the form of pills, topical creams and oils, and they can vaporize. Commercial entities are also prohibited from selling edible forms; however, patients and caregivers are not prohibited from incorporating it into their own food.
Can children be prescribed medical marijuana?
Yes. A caregiver (parent, guardian or a person with approval from DOH) will be required to obtain an identification card in order to obtain medical marijuana for a child. Likewise, older patients can designate up to two caregivers when they apply for their identification card. All caregivers are required to have a medical marijuana identification card and may not be named as a caregiver for more than five patients.
Where can patients purchase medical marijuana?
Patients and caregivers with identification cards will be able to go to state dispensary locations (it will not be available at local pharmacies) to pick up their medicine. There may be up to 150 dispensaries across the Commonwealth. One of those will be located in Bradford, McKean County.
How much will it cost?
Because it is not covered by insurance (it is not considered an FDA-approved drug) the market will set the price. There are provisions in the law that would place a price cap if the price has grown “unreasonable or excessive.” There are also provisions in the law to provide assistance to those who demonstrate financial hardship.
Is there a sales tax on medical marijuana?
There is no sales tax. The application fees from growers and dispensaries, the renewal fees and the 5 percent excise tax paid by growers will fund the new medical marijuana system in Pennsylvania. After costs are paid for, remaining funds from the excise tax will be available for DOH operations related to medical cannabis, drug abuse and prevention programs, medical cannabis research, and local police departments.
Will all doctors be able to prescribe medical marijuana to anyone they want?
NO. All doctors wishing to prescribe medical marijuana must undergo a DOH-designed training course to understand which conditions and under what circumstances this medicine is appropriate. There are stiff penalties for doctors who over-prescribe or prescribe to ineligible patients.
(Source: Pennsylvania House of Representatives)
TheState Senate approved legislation on last month that would extend the life of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), while prohibiting the use of funds for sex change procedures, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). This legislation is currently awaiting action in the House of Representatives.
Scarnati explained that House Bill 1388 changes the expiration date of CHIP from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2019 and makes a clarifying exemption to the program’s expiration if federal funding for the program extends beyond December 31, 2019.
The bill was passed by a bipartisan, veto-proof 37-13 vote by the Senate and was returned to the House of Representatives for concurrence on Senate amendments.
In addition to re-authorizing the program, the Senate adopted amendments that bar the use of CHIP money to pay for gender or sex reassignment surgery. These amendments are in line with current state regulations that prohibit the use of Medicaid funding for sex change procedures.
CHIP is supported by both state and federal funding and provides insurance coverage to uninsured children and teens (up to age 19) whose families earn too much to qualify for Medical Assistance, but cannot afford private insurance. There are about 175,000 Pennsylvania children enrolled in CHIP.
“I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to protect both Pennsylvania children and taxpayers by passing House Bill 1388 with Senate amendments,” Scarnati stated.
Coudersport Vol Fire Dept will be the site for this years Bear Check Station for the following days and times….
*Saturday, Nov. 18th from 10a.m.-9p.m.
*Sunday, Nov. 19th from 10a.m.-12p.m.
*Monday, Nov. 20th from 10a.m.-8p.m.
*Tuesday, Nov. 21st from 10a.m.-8p.m.
*Wednesday, Nov. 22nd from 10a.m.-6p.m.
The Kitchen will be open Sat. Sun. Mon & Tue
Folks are invited to visit the fire hall ro check out the Bears harvested and enjoy a hot meal all proceeds from the kitchen go to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.
Check stations will also be located at the Mt. Jewett Fire Hall on Route 6in McKean County and the Wellsboro Fire Company in the center of town, in Tioga County.
Trees filled with gingerbread cutouts appearing in Emporium this week. The annual Christmas Gift Program underway. The gingerbread cutouts include the age, and sex of a child plus suggestions on gifts for that boy or girl. You can pick the tags from the trees at the Emporium Post Office, Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, Citizens & Northern Bank or Northwest Bank.Unwrapped gifts are due back at those locations by Monday December 11. Questions can be text to 814-594-3737.
Meanwhile, the region’s traffic and accident scene has been reported quiet according to our checks earlier today with state police at Coudersport, Emporium, Kane, Mansfield and Ridgway. There were no other incidents to report.