Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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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Pennsylvania cracks down on dispensary for selling cannabis for $1 a gram

A brand-new medical marijuana dispensary in Pennsylvania, excited to be selling actual cannabis flower for the first time to registered patients, offered a special deal last week: two strains of flower for $1 a gram, with a limit of 2 grams. The problem? Pennsylvania forbids such promotions, including any discounts. And the flower in question […]

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CEO of multistate medical marijuana operator Green Thumb steps down

Peter Kadens, one of the more notable names in the U.S. cannabis industry, has stepped down as CEO of multistate medical marijuana company Green Thumb Industries (GTI). The 40-year-old entrepreneur, who will stay with Chicago-based GTI as a board member, told MassLive.com he was stepping down for personal and family reasons. Ben Kovler, who founded […]

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PA unveils 13 medical marijuana grower/processor licenses; flower sales set

Pennsylvania regulators announced the second round of winners of medical marijuana grower/processor licenses, selecting 13 companies and further expanding what is poised to become one of the largest MMJ industries in the nation. Phase 2 of the licensing process – coming a little more than a year after the first phase – is intended to […]

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Community outreach helping cannabis companies gain edge on rivals, attract customers

Marijuana businesses nationwide are finding they can reap generous rewards from giving back to their local communities.

Being a good corporate citizen can make it easier for marijuana businesses to work with regulators and local officials, stand out from competitors and attract new customers and high-quality employees, according to industry executives and experts on corporate giving.

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