LA Cannabis Consultancy Partners With PA Lobbying Firm

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The Pennsylvania Legislature has not yet finalized a bill legalizing medical marijuana, but passage seems likely enough that two powerful businesses have formed a partnership in the cannabis space.

MedMen, a nine-year-old cannabis consultancy in Los Angeles, and the Winter Group, a government relations firm in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg, announced their partnership Monday.

“We can provide new businesses with the ability to approach the market with a sound political and management strategy in place, creating a truly turnkey solution to entering the industry,” said Winter Group president and former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Marc Singel.

The announcement said the two firms will work with each other to “provide support” to businesses seeking medical marijuana licenses in the state.

But it’s not clear how soon they will get that chance. The state House of Representatives passed SB 3 last week, sending it back where it started in the Senate. But senators may not take up the bill this week, and they won’t meet again until April. If senators make any changes to the bill, it would have to go back to the House for another approval.