Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

In turnaround, Pennsylvania governor exploring adult-use cannabis legalization

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf opened the door to legalizing recreational marijuana in one of the nation’s most populous states with the announcement that a series of town hall-style sessions will be held on the issue. The two-term Democratic governor, a former opponent of adult use, recently changed his tune, saying the state should take a […]

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Pennsylvania to let state schools team with more than one medical cannabis firm

Pennsylvania regulators are opening up applications for more medical marijuana companies to partner with the eight state medical schools to research the health effects of cannabis. Moving forward, state medical schools will be allowed to team with more than one MMJ company to conduct research. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pennsylvania health department widened […]

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More medical cannabis dispensary permits approved by Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is giving out another 23 permits to sell medical marijuana through dispensaries for an MMJ program that opened for business last February. The state Department of Health said the 23 remaining permits will bring the number of dispensaries to 79 in Pennsylvania, once each location meets the state’s standards to open. More information on […]

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In surprise move, Pennsylvania rejects medical cannabis research cultivators

Pennsylvania officials rejected all eight growers that planned to partner with medical schools to research medical marijuana. Those cultivators also would have been allowed to compete in the commercial market with a lower barrier of entry than other licensed MMJ operators. The state will open a second round of applications in early 2019. The surprise […]

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Pennsylvania medical cannabis operators renew legal challenge

A group of licensed medical marijuana companies resumed efforts to challenge Pennsylvania’s MMJ clinical research program in court, saying the effort needs to pause until it has a transparent vetting process for selecting cultivators. At the heart of the lawsuit, filed last week against the state in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania: The companies selected […]

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Pennsylvania may expand medical cannabis qualifying conditions list

It may soon become easier for more patients to purchase medical cannabis in Pennsylvania, a development that could boost dispensary sales. The state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board approved a new process for adding medical ailments to the list of treatable conditions, the Tribune-Review reported. In coming weeks regulators will start accepting petitions for new conditions […]

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Week in Review: Arizona AG ditches anti-hashish stance, MMJ gains in NJ-PA & CA updates proposed cannabis rules

Arizona’s attorney general abandons his bid to make medical cannabis hashish illegal, New Jersey and Pennsylvania report sizable gains in their MMJ patient populations, and California releases its latest draft of permanent rules for the cannabis industry. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Arizona high court likely […]

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Pennsylvania tops 80,000 medical cannabis patient registrations

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana patient count continues to surge, boding well for MMJ sales. More than 80,000 patients have registered for the program since the state registry was launched in October 2017, Philadelphia magazine reported. Here’s what you need to know: The number of registered patients has jumped by 33% from 60,000 to 80,000 in the […]

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MJ Freeway slowdowns disrupt Pennsylvania medical cannabis retail sales

Some medical marijuana retailers in Pennsylvania were forced to suspend sales last week because of system slowdowns and errors in the MJ Freeway seed-to-sale tracking software that the state uses to keep tabs on the MMJ market. According to an MJ Freeway statement emailed to Marijuana Business Daily, the system did not go down Thursday, but a […]

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How marijuana companies can keep staffs intact during market launch delays

In new cannabis markets where compliance, scarce supply or testing logjams can delay cultivation and retail operations, it’s critical to retain talent during slowdowns and shutdowns.

Delays that bogged down the launch of cannabis sales in Alaska, Hawaii and Pennsylvania don’t have to be detrimental to marijuana businesses, according to industry insiders

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PA medical cannabis growers/processors on pace for $5M in sales in first year

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana sales began in February 2018, and according to the latest tax revenue data, the state’s 12 growers and processors are estimated to have sold slightly more than $1.2 million of medical cannabis through April. Such a pace could mean at least $5 million in sales in the MMJ program’s first year, with four full […]

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