PA Considers Medical Marijuana for Anxiety, Tourettes

Last Updated by Brett Sholtis on

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine says she needs more time to learn whether medical marijuana would be effective in helping people who suffer from anxiety or Tourette's Syndrome. The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board voted in February to add the two disorders to the list of conditions. But Levine hasn't approved it. She said she'll make a decision soon.

"There's a lot of literature to look at, and there's different forms. I also like to talk to sometimes with the experts throughout the country to get their view, and I have not completed that, but I will complete it this summer."

Currently, people can qualify for medical cannabis for any of 21 conditions, including chronic pain, cancer and glaucoma. The secretary also agreed to develop training for police to help them distinguish whether someone has legal or illegal cannabis products.

PBS Kids
VIA Passport


NPR Headlines

Trump Attacks Congresswomen At N.C. Rally, As Crowd Chants 'Send Her Back'

President Trump piled on four freshmen congresswomen of color after tweeting this weekend that they should "go back"...

Civilians And Military Leaders Sign Power-Sharing Deal In Sudan

There is considerable disagreement over terms of the deal, which will be detailed in a second agreement yet to be...

New York Landlords Call Rent Control Laws An 'Illegal Taking' In New Federal Lawsuit

Last month, housing advocates in New York celebrated sweeping new laws that established rent control permanently...

If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There'd Be Big Shortages

There's already not enough produce for everyone in the world to get the daily recommended amount. Two new studies...

House Holds Attorney General And Commerce Secretary In Contempt Over Census Probe

Democrats have demanded documents related to the origins of Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship...


ArtScene Calendar