PA issues temporary rules for MMJ growers, producers

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has issued temporary regulations for medical marijuana growers and processors, and some noteworthy changes have been made from the draft version issued in August.

However, the regulations are good for only a 24-month period, and a different set of rules could be established by the time medical cannabis is expected to hit the market in the third quarter of 2018, said Steve Schain, an attorney who practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“These regs may have little permanent impact,” Schain wrote in an email to Marijuana Business Daily.

Perhaps the most significant change in the temporary regulations for growers and processors is in the 30-day inventory import window set up by the state. The previous draft allowed businesses to import only seeds from out of state to start their inventory; the new regulations allow the import of both seeds and immature plants to get inventories going.

The previous draft mandated that growers include a diversity hiring plan in their application, while the new regulations mandate that they devise a plan to create an equal opportunity hiring plan.

Also, the previous draft said anyone whose application was rejected in another state could also be disqualified in Pennsylvania, while the new regulations no longer explicitly disqualify someone whose application was rejected in another state

Lastly, the new rules increase the time growers have to get their cultivation sites operational from 60 to 90 days and also expand the number of growing districts in the state from three to six.


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4 comments on “PA issues temporary rules for MMJ growers, producers
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Did I read correctly “the 30-day inventory import window”? Pennsylvania growers actually will be importing cannabis seeds and potted plant clones from other “legal” states? Across the border in New York, every year, similar activities bring upon many “non-licensed” cannabis growers intense surveillance by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents in concert with state and local cops. Constantly, such growers are getting busted, their houses, cars and properties are seized, and local media rarely stop officials to question why, let alone tally up the final costs of this insane “marihuana” war for readers/viewers/taxpayers. I’m glad to see, at least, Pennsylvania being far less repressive than its neighbor New York, even though officials in both states have the audacity to prohibit sales and smoking of dried flowers, hash oils, etc. for medical purposes. That right there shows how public officials blatantly condescend in their relations with adult patients (who can choose for themselves methods of ingestion), which unjustifiably suppresses two potentially huge medical cannabis markets. Many critics call these non-smoking medical programs, openly promoted by cannabis flower haters in both Minnesota and New York in 2014, Marihuana Prohibition Lite.

  2. Bob on

    Pennsylvania needs to legalize it for adults 21 and over. This war on drugs is a waste of money and time in like to see patients in PA to be allowed to grow 5-10 plants so the patient can actually save money. By the time the state gets this going a patient could have 2-3 crops in. These laws are keeping patients broke. How is a unemployed patient going to be able to afford this high cost medicine from the dispensary? It’s been proven it can’t kill you, it’s safer than booze, and the state government is acting like there’s a need for super control and over regulating the shit out of everything. I want my right to be able to grow my own medicine and be left alone. I don’t want to be asked questions or have to worry about Armed men with Assault Rifles wearing full body armor kicking my door in and yelling and screaming while aiming their rifles at my family members. I have heard enough of this Propaganda think it is time to legalize it, tax it, regulate it, and allow the cannabis industry to begin rebuilding America.

  3. Bonnie P. on

    Interested in hearing how the new hiring regulations pan out in PA. I just moved to Colorado Springs and the only thing that has hit home for me being in a state where marijuana is now legal is the theft in my neighborhood that is indiectly stemming from this. We moved into a nice neighborhood where I thought we’d never have crime. Within a month of moving in, my husband and my car were both broken into on two seperate occasions. This apparently is extememly common now in mine and surrounding neighborhoods. There are a lot of transients in the area which I was very surprised by. I was listening to a local radio program that mentioned the increase of transient population is due to the legalization of marijuana here. A large number of that population moved here in hopes of working the fields (as the interviewer stated) and that typically they made good money under the radar in places where it isn’t legal. Apparently, after they moved here they found out there were more regulations and most of them could not get hired due to these stricter regulations. So now they panhandle on every corner and possibly break into cars. Not all of them, of course, but it does make sense that this crime would be on the rise due to that.

  4. Kevin on

    It’s amazing to me how long this is taking. It’s not like PA is the first state to legalize medical cannabis. Follow the guidelines set up by other states. And there should be a plan set up to import for now from New York or another state so people can get their medicine now. It’s ridiculous to make people wait two years from the time it’s legalized. Old gov wolf answer is get it somewhere else and bring it back to Pennsylvania. That’s a federal crime Mr governor. Have your people get it and bring it here.

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