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Patient evaluations for medical marijuana begin Friday in Pittsburgh office

Ben Schmitt
| Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
Marijuana has been infused into a variety of legal and illegal products nationwide in recent years.
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Marijuana has been infused into a variety of legal and illegal products nationwide in recent years.
Diana Briggs of Export and her son, Ryan, 17.
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Diana Briggs of Export and her son, Ryan, 17.

A national medical marijuana health care network plans to open its doors in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday for patient evaluations and certifications.

Compassionate Certification Centers in 2 Gateway Center on Stanwix Street in Pittsburgh has two doctors, Bryan Doner and Dr. Keyur Patel, who have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health state registry, oversee the office.

Westmoreland County resident Diana Briggs and her son Ryan, 17, who suffers from epilepsy, will be among the first to be evaluated at 10 a.m.

“Seeing all of our hard work coming to fruition has been amazing,” said Briggs, who lives in Export. “Since none of Ryan's doctors have yet registered for the program, knowing we could depend on Dr. Doner and Compassionate Certification Centers to complete our journey has been an absolute blessing for our family.”

WHO CAN BE CERTIFIED AND EVALUATED?

No referrals are required to visit the Pittsburgh office. Under state law, patients can apply for a state-issued medical marijuana card if a doctor certifies they have one of 17 qualified medical conditions, including epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders.

“If patients are unsure if their condition qualifies, they can contact our office and our staff can help them through the process,” Doner said.

HOW CAN A POTENTIAL PATIENT SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

Call 888-316-9085 or visit the online portal at compassionatecertificationcenters.com .

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER CERTIFICATION?

Qualified patients with a doctor's recommendation will receive a Pennsylvania medical marijuana identification card, allowing the purchase of medical marijuana from an authorized state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Dispensaries are also allowed to sell equipment, such as vaping devices for liquid forms, to administer medical marijuana.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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