Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

New U.S. medical marijuana markets – one year later

If it was a big year for recreational marijuana in 2016, then it was a huge one for medical marijuana.

Voters or state legislatures in 11 states – Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – approved or advanced medical cannabis measures.

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Biggest US mall operator seeks to block PA marijuana dispensary

The largest shopping mall operator in the United States is trying to stop a medical marijuana dispensary from opening next to one of its properties in Philadelphia. Last March, PharmaCann – which operates MMJ businesses in Illinois and New York – bought a former Chi-Chi’s restaurant at the “periphery” of a mall dubbed Philadelphia Mills for […]

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First business approved to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has given its first green light to a medical marijuana company to start growing cannabis under the state’s new MJ program The Morning Call newspaper reported the state health department approved Cresco Yeltrah – based in Jefferson County in western Pennsylvania – as fully operational, making it the first of 12 cultivation/processing licensees to […]

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$20M sale of Pennsylvania MMJ grower, permit is suspended

A Pennsylvania marijuana cultivation business that had put itself on the block for $20 million has pulled the plug on the sale after the state’s governor threatened to revoke the company’s coveted new license. Franklin Labs, which was put up for sale this year after winning one of 12 MMJ licenses, is led by John […]

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Chart: 42% of marijuana business owners plan to expand into new markets

By Eli McVey Over 40% of cannabis business owners are planning to take their companies into a new market within the next year, according to a Marijuana Business Daily survey. Of the business owners intending to expand, the vast majority have identified opportunities in both the medical and recreational markets.

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Pennsylvania proposes $50 medical marijuana registration fee

Looking for signs that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is nearing fruition? State regulators are proposing a $50 annual fee for patients and caregivers who want to register for the nascent program, according to Lancaster Online. Such details typically are a sign an MMJ program is in its final stages of preparation. In fact, according to Lancaster […]

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Pennsylvania medical cannabis grower drops suit but not the battle

A medical marijuana company that failed to win a Pennsylvania cultivation license has dropped a lawsuit against the state’s health department demanding the agency revoke a license awarded to another grower. Scranton-based BrightStar Biomedics charged in a lawsuit filed last month that Pennsylvania Medical Solutions didn’t disclose on its application that it was under criminal […]

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PA medical marijuana cultivation license on the market for $20M

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program isn’t even operational and cultivation licenses already are being shopped around. The Philadelphia Inquirer obtained a confidential prospectus that includes an offer to sell 100% of Franklin Labs – one of 12 MMJ cultivation license winners – for $20 million. The newspaper confirmed with the company’s CEO that the license is for […]

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Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on track, but legal issues loom

By Bart Schaneman

Pennsylvania’s developing medical marijuana market appears to be progressing on schedule.

Industry watchers expect seeds to be in the ground ahead of the Dec. 20 deadline, six months after 12 grower/processor licenses and 27 dispensary permits were issued. But a pair of legal issues could gum up the works.

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First medical cannabis testing labs approved in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has approved two medical marijuana testing labs, marking another milestone for the state on its way toward rolling out a new MMJ program. Michigan-based ACT Laboratories and Pennsylvania-based Keystone State Testing received two-year licenses from the state health department, Pennlive.com reported. Both labs are in the final stages of building out their operations and are […]

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Truth in advertising: Marijuana sector still struggling to gain foothold in mainstream

By Omar Sacirbey

The marijuana industry has scored several advertising coups in recent weeks, with cannabis-related businesses landing ads on major television networks and in mainstream magazines.

Cannabis industry insiders welcomed the breakthroughs and accompanying hope, but they also cautioned that the MJ sector has far to go to win over mainstream media platforms.

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