Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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.

Pittsburgh medical school seeks MMJ research partners

Omar Sacirbey  | October 4, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh Medical School wants to collaborate with medical marijuana companies on research into the benefits and dangers of using medical cannabis to treat ailments and illnesses.

The university puts itself in a growing camp of respected medical institutions backing more research into medical cannabis – a move that ultimately could …

PA’s draft medical cannabis rules a good start, experts say

Omar Sacirbey  | August 23, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Pennsylvania has moved quickly to issue draft regulations governing its new medical marijuana program, a sign the state is keen to get the MMJ industry off on the right foot.

The proposed rules are detailed and offer marijuana entrepreneurs a road map of where the program is headed, experts said.

Pennsylvania Hires Health Care Exec to Lead MMJ Program

Omar Sacirbey  | August 8, 2016

Pennsylvania has tapped a health care veteran – John J. Collins – to head its new medical marijuana program, a possible sign the state wants to make its program more accessible to MMJ patients versus restrictive.

The announcement of Collins’ appointment was greeted positively within the state’s MJ industry, even though a local TV …