Clinics open, expand for certifying medical marijuana patients

It was a high school reunion last fall that prompted Mike Rohrbaugh to act on helping combat the opioid epidemic.

A graduate of Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, Rohrbaugh heard stories at his 40th reunion about the damage being done by addiction to opioids.

“Those stories just touched me because I’ve been there, done that,” said Rohrbaugh, who said he overcame his own opioid addiction through use of medical marijuana.

“Now I just want to help others,” he said.

Today he lives in Florida and works as director of logistics for Omni Medical Services of PA. It is a subsidiary of Michigan-based Omni Medical Services, which operates medical marijuana clinics in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

The company’s first Pennsylvania clinic opened in late March in Huntingdon County in conjunction with the medical marijuana advocacy group Pennsylvanians for Safe Access.

“They have a list of patients … and we’re just trying to help as many as we can,” Rohrbaugh said, noting that some patients have had trouble finding doctors.

Its newest clinic opened this week at 3419 Market Street in Camp Hill. It employs six people.

Omni Medical’s clinics are places where people can go to become certified to use medical marijuana and have their treatment overseen by a physician. It is not a dispenser or grower of medical marijuana. 

Under state law, patients seeking to use medical marijuana must be certified by a state-registered physician as having one of 17 qualifying conditions. Physicians also must provide in-person follow-up visits, according to Rohrbaugh.

Rohrbaugh said the company is planning additional clinics in Pennsylvania, with Pittsburgh likely to be next.

Omni Medical joins another certification clinic – operated by PA Green Medical – that opened in the Harrisburg area last year and moved last week to larger digs, at 330 East Park

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