Collins will be responsible for guiding the implementation of the state's medical marijuana program, which is expected to be complete by early 2018.
"I am very proud to be chosen to lead such an important office," said Collins. "My experience in a heavily regulated medical enterprise, market research and new product development, strategic planning, logistics, communications, and customer service is a perfect fit for the requirements of overseeing the implementation of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program. I am excited and eager to get to work on this medically-focused program that will help Pennsylvanians suffering from one of the 17 serious medical conditions outlined in Act 16."
Collins recently joined the Department of Health in April and currently serves as a public health program assistant administrator in the Division of HIV Disease. He is a certified allied health professional and holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Lindenwood University and also completed leadership training at the Wharton School, Aresty Institute of Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania. Collins also has extensive executive experience in the private sector, most recently as chief operating officer for Triad Isotopes, Inc., in Orlando, Florida.
The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the Department of Health has:
Once fully implemented, Pennsylvania residents under a physician's care for the treatment of a serious medical condition, as allowed under Act 16, will be able to access medical marijuana in the commonwealth.
Questions about the medical marijuana program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available on the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health