PA gets hundreds of applications for medical cannabis licenses

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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 livestreamed 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 be announced by the end of June.

State regulators said 258 applications have been processed. They included 132 grower/processor applicants and 126 dispensary applicants.

Dr. Karen Murphy, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, noted that the state began accepting applications for 12 grower/processor licenses and 27 dispensary permits on Feb. 20.

The application period closed on March 20, and the program is “proceeding on schedule,” she said.

Murphy said the state expects to begin issuing licenses for the state’s highly competitive medical marijuana program by the end of June, which is according to plan.

The state’s MMJ program became effective on May 17, 2016, and is expected to be fully implemented in early 2018.