Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Colorado marijuana banker has plans for a national network

Omar Sacirbey  | September 14, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

A Colorado-based credit union believes it may have the solution to marijuana businesses’ banking issues, one that it hopes will be available in six states by the end of this year and about 20 by the end of 2018.

Pennsylvania taken to task over MMJ application revisions

Bart Schaneman  | September 12, 2017

Pennsylvania’s fledgling medical marijuana program is clearly going through some growing pains.

The state’s Office of Open Records has ruled that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health hasn’t made a “good faith effort” when deciding if the information on applications for medical marijuana permits was improperly redacted.

The incident comes on the heels of …

Pennsylvania medical marijuana licensing process faces legal tests

Bart Schaneman  | September 11, 2017

Pennsylvania has two legal challenges to deal with regarding licensing decisions for hotly contested medical marijuana business permits.

Two lawsuits were filed Friday against the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana:

  • BrightStar Biomedics is challenging the cultivation license given to Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Vireo Health, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. …

Judge allows case with ex-execs at marijuana firm Vireo to proceed

John Schroyer  | August 3, 2017

A Minnesota judge has given the green light for an interstate marijuana smuggling case to move forward.

Judge Kathleen Mottl denied legal motions filed on behalf of two former employees of Vireo Health – a multistate medical marijuana producer – seeking the dismissal of criminal charges in the illegal cannabis transportation case, The Journal …

PA awards 27 new medical marijuana dispensary licenses

Bart Schaneman  | June 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health awarded 27 medical marijuana dispensary licenses across the state Thursday, taking another step toward launching the commonwealth’s MMJ market in 2018.

Regulators sifted through 280 applications to select the winners.

Each of the new permit holders is eligible to open up to three dispensaries. But not all …

Week in Review: Massachusetts rec logjam, Pennsylvania MMJ grower licensees & Oregon testing woes

Bart Schaneman  | June 23, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

Massachusetts lawmakers propose an overhaul to a voter-approved measure to legalize recreational cannabis, Pennsylvania awards 12 medical marijuana cultivation licenses, and Oregon continues to have MJ testing issues.

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

Week in Review: Washington organic marijuana, PA liquor stores & Minnesota red ink

Omar Sacirbey  | May 19, 2017

By Bart Schaneman, Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Washington state signs off on an organic marijuana certification program, Philadelphia’s mayor says state-run liquor stores should handle recreational sales, and Minnesota’s two medical cannabis businesses bleed red ink.

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

Pennsylvania may not allow MMJ firms to adopt highways

John Schroyer  | May 8, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has turned down a pro-marijuana group’s application to adopt a highway, possibly indicating that future medical cannabis licensees in the state will also be prohibited from advertising in the same way.

The agency told the Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival that it won’t be allowed to adopt a …

PA gets hundreds of applications for medical cannabis licenses

Bart Schaneman  | April 26, 2017

Pennsylvania has received hundreds of applications from entrepreneurs interested in obtaining cultivation and dispensary licenses under the state’s new medical marijuana program.

In a live-streamed news conference, state regulators said Wednesday they had received more than 500 packages containing one or more grower or dispensary applications. The winners are expected to …