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An array of packages for marijuana products that are–or will soon be–permitted for sale in Pennsylvania. (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF)

(Harrisburg) — Soon, medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania won’t just be limited to taking oil, pill, and liquid forms of the drug.

Starting in late summer, they’ll be able to get marijuana in its dry leaf form– but will technically be limited to using it only in a vaporizer.

The commonwealth’s medical marijuana advisory board recommended several updates to the program, which Health Secretary Rachel Levine says she approved after “careful consideration.”

The new rules allow marijuana prescription for an expanded list of illnesses and therapies, including neurodegenerative diseases, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders, palliative care for any terminal illness, and substitute treatment for opioid addiction.

However, the allowance of dry-leaf marijuana is likely the biggest change for most consumers.

Levine acknowledged, that’s the same kind of marijuana that’s usually

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