Governor's Office: 83,000 Pennsylvanians helped in first year of medical marijuana law

One year since its inception, Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program has helped 83,000 patients across the state cope with various conditions and illnesses, Governor Tom Wolf's office announced on Friday.

"The first year that the state's medical marijuana program has been operational tells us that this program is working to help Pennsylvanians in need of this medication," Governor Tom Wolf said.

Under the law, approximately 1,000 physicians are now approved to allow patents to access the drug, and more that 14,000 doctors have registered to be a part of the program.

The state currently 25 growers and 50 dispensaries, which is the state's maximum limit.

"Our goal for the next year and beyond is to increase the number of growers, processors and dispensaries operating, to register even more physicians and to continue the growth of our scientific, medically based program," Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.

Governor Wolf's office said that the medical marijuana program was responsible for $132 million in sales during the first year. The state saw $2 million in tax revenue from grower/processors.

More than 116,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program.

In order to be eligible for the program, patients must be Pennsylvania residents and under an approved practitioner's care for a serious medical condition.