Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Businesses Crop Up, Despite No Law

A basic medical marijuana business infrastructure is starting to take shape in Pennsylvania, even though lawmakers have not approved any type of MMJ legislation.

Activists and entrepreneurs have already begun organizing marijuana-related businesses and coalitions, hoping to get a head start in case the state does legalize medical cannabis.

A prominent law firm with offices in three major cities, for example, announced that it has put together a Regulated Substances Practice Group to advise clients on how to get cannabis business licenses.

And Keystone Organic Farms is positioning itself to be a major cultivator once MMJ is legalized. The farm’s website displays a marijuana leaf, and the company said in a statement that it wants to produce “100% organic cannabis.”

The early business activity is similar to the situation in Florida, where companies are sprouting up even though the state will not vote on a medical marijuana legalization measure until November.

A bill currently in the Pennsylvania Legislature would legalize medical marijuana and permit up to 130 dispensaries, 65 cultivation centers and 65 production licenses. But the bill is on the verge of stalling this session, and Gov. Tom Corbett is against legalization. The governor is instead focusing on a limited MMJ pilot program that targets severely epileptic children.

4 comments on “Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Businesses Crop Up, Despite No Law
  1. Zach R on

    I was just wondering, with only 65 growers licenses to be distributed, what makes Keystone Organic Farms so confident they can win a growers license? How will these licenses be distributed? Based on honesty, a mere 65 growers licensees in the entire state would be like winning the lottery, making a financial campaign to promote someones intentions a waste of money, unless there is an easier way for big corporations to get these licenses? I am interested in opening a dispensary, but with only 130 licenses to be handed out, it seems that may be highly unlikely. It does not state in SB3 that if I promote my intentions I will have a better chance to obtain one, nor does it outline how the selection process will work. If you have any answers to these questions, please let me know.

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  2. louis on

    You better believe these big corps have an advantage. I’m sure they have lobbiest on their behalf buttering up the decision makers and not to mention the advantage of huge financial resources. It’s politics as usual. Everyone has their greedy little paws out and their salivating. The small business man is gonna have a tough time getting his fair opportunity. Not that it’s impossible it’d just gonna be much more challenging.

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  3. Dwayne on

    After 45 years of SMOKING Cannabis in PA I have come to a decision of all Harrisburgs ELECTED OFFICIALS DONT CARE ABOUT WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT. I will continue to SMOKE CANNABIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE LEGAL OR ILLEAGLE DOESNT MATTER TO ME. IT HELPS MY CHROHNES DISEASE AND SEVERIALLY INJURED BACK PAIN. SO DO WHAT YOU WANT. YOUR LOSING SO MUCH TAX REVINUE EVERY DAY YOU WAIT.TY

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