Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Report: PA medical cannabis rollout marred by ‘errors and irregularities’

A new investigative report published Friday concluded that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry rollout was beset with problems to the point that it could provide legal ammunition for license applicants who did not receive approval but still want to get into the industry. Pennlive.com reported there were “significant errors and irregularities” in the application scoring process, in […]

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Leaving no county unheard on cannabis: Q&A with Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Pennsylvania successfully rolled out a medical marijuana program and now, having reversed course and with legalization pressure building in the Northeast, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is open to considering legalizing adult-use marijuana. The state’s approach is a deliberate one. As a first step, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is conducting “listening sessions” in each of the […]

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PA regulators allege Harvest Health misrepresented its state marijuana holdings

Pennsylvania regulators are threatening to take away the medical marijuana dispensary licenses of Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation for allegedly misrepresenting its cannabis holdings in the state. The issue stems from claims Harvest made earlier this week when announcing the acquisition of CannaPharmacy, The (Philadelphia)  Inquirer reported Thursday. Here’s the crux of the situation: In its […]

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Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana patient count tops 100,000

Nearly 102,000 patients in Pennsylvania have received certifications from approved physicians to purchase medical marijuana, good news for the bottom line of the state’s fledgling MMJ businesses. The climb in the patient count has led to 780,000 transactions at Pennsylvania’s licensed dispensaries, according to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office. More patients are awaiting certifications, too, which […]

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Pennsylvania bans medical marijuana dispensaries, growers from 4/20 festival

A cannabis festival set for April 20 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, expects to draw a crowd of 10,000, but the state bars medical marijuana dispensaries and growers from sponsoring the event, even though marijuana sales won’t be allowed. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that several dispensaries had committed up to $8,000 apiece in sponsorship money and to […]

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Medical marijuana sales in Pennsylvania exceed $132M in first year

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis businesses made at least 600,000 transactions during the program’s first year and their sales totaled $132 million, according to state officials. That marks a strong start for medical marijuana businesses in the Keystone State compared to others that recently completed their debut MMJ sales. Maryland’s medical cannabis program totaled just under $100 […]

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Cannabis business takeaways for week ending Feb. 1 (SLIDESHOW)

Washington state regulators contemplate allowing small marijuana farmers to sell to consumers directly, co-owners of Sweet Leaf make plea deals, and California lawmakers take another swing at lowering state MJ taxes for businesses – plus other important news from around the cannabis industry.

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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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