Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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 …

MJ Freeway wins $10M PA medical cannabis tracking deal

Omar Sacirbey  | April 20, 2017

Embattled MJ Freeway received a key vote of confidence Thursday after Pennsylvania awarded the Denver company a $10 million contract to provide a seed-to-sale tracking system to keep tabs on the state's new medical marijuana program.

The five-year contract is a shot in the arm for MJ Freeway, given that Pennsylvania's MMJ market is forecast to …

Pennsylvania proposes medical marijuana rules for doctors

Bart Schaneman  | April 11, 2017

Pennsylvania regulators issued draft rules governing how doctors can qualify to recommend medical marijuana and certify patients to receive the drug under the state’s new MMJ program.

Medical cannabis advocates, however, warned the proposed regulations could limit patient access to MMJ, the Allentown Morning Call reported. Fewer patients would curb MMJ sales.

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Chart: 8 new marijuana markets slated to launch in 2018

Eli McVey  | March 27, 2017

By Eli McVey

Get ready for the next iteration of the green rush.

The marijuana industry is poised to grow by leaps and bounds in 2018, when at least eight of the 11 states that passed significant medical or recreational cannabis measures last year are expected to start sales.

Medical marijuana businesses see silver lining in White House comments on cannabis

Omar Sacirbey  | February 28, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical marijuana companies are finding solace in comments from the White House last week indicating the federal government might crack down on recreational cannabis but leave the $2 billion MMJ industry alone.

“It is good news for medical marijuana,” said Alex Ford of the Grassroots Vermont dispensary.

Application window opens for PA’s medical cannabis market

Omar Sacirbey  | February 22, 2017

Cannabis entrepreneurs looking to do business in Pennsylvania’s impending medical marijuana industry have one month to submit applications for licenses.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said it will start accepting applications for grower/processor and dispensary licenses from Feb. 20 until March 20.

The non-refundable fee for growing and processing applications is $10,000; …