Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

Application window opens for PA’s medical cannabis market

Omar Sacirbey  | February 22, 2017

Cannabis entrepreneurs looking to do business in Pennsylvania’s impending medical marijuana industry have one month to submit applications for licenses.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said it will start accepting applications for grower/processor and dispensary licenses from Feb. 20 until March 20.

The non-refundable fee for growing and processing applications is $10,000; …

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

Week in Review: Florida’s restrictive plan, slow returns in NH & Pennsylvania app processs

John Schroyer  | January 20, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Florida’s draft medical marijuana rules would bar new entrants, New Hampshire dispensaries have a ways to go before breaking even, and Pennsylvania releases MMJ business applications.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Cannabis research gets almost $20 million in funding

Omar Sacirbey  | December 8, 2016

Proponents of scientific research in the cannabis industry got encouraging news with recent announcements that two major universities received nearly $20 million in donations for marijuana-related studies.

The University of Miami’s Project to Cure Paralysis and Miller School of Medicine received a $16 million grant from Scythian Bioscience in October to research whether a CBD-based pill …

PA issues temporary rules for MMJ growers, producers

Omar Sacirbey  | October 31, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has issued temporary regulations for medical marijuana growers and processors, and some noteworthy changes have been made from the draft version issued in August.

However, the regulations are good for only a 24-month period, and a different set of rules could be established by the time medical cannabis is …

Week in Review: Arkansas drops ballot measure, two heavyweights enter cannabis & PA issues draft rules

Bart Schaneman  | October 28, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

Arkansas’ Supreme Court tosses one of two medical marijuana initiatives, more corporate heavyweights enter the cannabis business, and Pennsylvania issues draft rules for dispensaries that could lead to a robust MMJ market.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Week in Review: No takers for DEA cannabis research, MA NIMBYism, Oklahoma legalization vote

John Schroyer  | October 7, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has zero takers for medical marijuana-related research, Massachusetts dispensary NIMBYism could hit any rec legalization plans, and Oklahoma MMJ advocates want a 2017 vote.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.