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More Than 2,000 People Sign Up for Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program in the First Week

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    More Than 2,000 People Sign Up for Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program in the First Week
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    A topical lotion made of marijuana is seen at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health says more than 2,000 people signed up for the state's new medical marijuana program just days after launching.

    A health department spokesman said that the registrations include patients and caregivers. As of 4 p.m. Friday, 2,250 patients had signed up and that registrations were coming in at a rate of three per minute.

    The department announced Wednesday that it was accepting applications to participate in the system.

    A 2016 state law gives people under a doctor's care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an illness on a list of 17 qualifying conditions.

    The law permits pills, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana, but not marijuana in plant form.

    Doctors must certify the illness and patients must obtain an identification card from the health department.

    Qualifying conditions include AIDS, autism, cancer, chronic pain and Crohn's disease.