Pennsylvania Health Department Restricts Access to MMJ Application Scorer Info

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has restricted public access to information about who scored applications for the state’s medical cannabis industry as part of a batch of temporary regulations, according to a PennLive report. The law already bars applicants from obtaining the names of the scorers, but not the general public or journalists. The Office […]

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Pittsburgh MMJ Patient Jailed for Violating Bond after Testing Positive for THC

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania medical cannabis patient was jailed for 10 days last week after an Allegheny County judge ruled that the THC in his system was a violation of his bond, which prohibits criminal activity, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. Samson L. Bailey was later released after his physician provided proof of his medical […]

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Pennsylvania Health Secretary Will Allow Flower Under MMJ Expansion

Pennsylvania’s health secretary will approve of the medical cannabis program changes recommended by the state Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, including allowing flower sales and expanding the qualifying conditions list. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the flower products will be available this summer but said the products would be sold “in a form that can […]

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Pennsylvania MMJ Board Recommends Allowing Vape-Only Flower Products

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis advisory board has recommended the program include flower – but the rules would only allow the products to be vaporized, according to a WGAL8 report. The recommendation comes after the state’s currently operating dispensaries have run out of products – liquids, creams, and lotions – allowed under the law. The board also […]

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Pennsylvania Dispensaries Sell Out of MMJ Products

Dispensaries in Pennsylvania are already out of product, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer, and operators are not expecting stock to be replenished until at least March 15. The owners of TerraVida Holistic Center in Sellersville and Keystone Shop in Devon both told the Enquirer that they had run out of product; the owners of Keystone […]

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MMJ Sales Begin in Pennsylvania

Medical cannabis sales in Pennsylvania began yesterday as six out of the 10 dispensaries so far approved by the state were legally allowed to open their doors. The program rolled out ahead of schedule, less than two years after the law was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. “We reached this historic day through a lot […]

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Philadelphia DA Will Not Prosecute Simple Cannabis Possession Cases

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s District Attorney Larry Krasner dropped 51 cases for simple cannabis possession last week, part of his new policy to not prosecute such crimes, NBC Philadelphia reports. The prosecution reforms will not apply to possession charges with intent to deliver or sell cannabis. “We are going to tell them, yes, drop any cases that […]

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Pennsylvania U.S. Attorneys Have No Plans to Crackdown on State’s MMJ Program

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Attorneys have declared that they will protect the state’s nascent medical cannabis program from federal interference following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ revocation of the Cole Memo protections earlier this month, according to a KDKA report. The revocation effectively allows U.S. attorneys to decide whether or not to prosecute medical cannabis producers under federal […]

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Erie, Pennsylvania City Council Moves to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

The Erie, Pennsylvania City Council has voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis, according to a YourErie report. The measure would reduce the charges for possession of fewer than 30 grams from a misdemeanor to a summary offense, carrying a penalty of $25. Under current law, cannabis possession of 30 grams or […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Pennsylvania Removes MMJ Patient Data from Law Enforcement Computers

Pennsylvania medical cannabis regulators will cease making patient information available on the state’s law enforcement computer systems in an effort to reduce the chances that a registered medical cannabis patient will be flagged during a federal background check when purchasing a firearm, the Associated Press reports. “Medical marijuana is an important medication for Pennsylvanians suffering […]

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Pennsylvania MMJ Program On-Track for Early 2018

More than 10,000 patients have registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to participate in the state’s forthcoming medical cannabis program; however, just 1,188 of those have so far been given certification by a physician to access the program, which is expected to roll out in early 2018. “Patients have started to receive their medical […]

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Partners with Australian Biopharmaceutical Firm on Autism Study

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is partnering with Australian biopharmaceutical firm Zelda Therapeutics on an observational study into the effects of medical cannabis on autistic children, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. The study participants will already be covered under the Pennsylvania medical cannabis Safe Harbor provision. “This is truly an observational study. We’re not […]

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Pennsylvania Hemp Cultivation Could Reach 5,000 Acres in 2018

Pennsylvania hemp production is expected to increase from just 50 acres this year to possibly more than 5,000 in 2018, according to National Public Radio station 90.5 WESA. State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said that research at Penn State showed hemp crops could increase the productivity of existing farmland. “Research … at Penn State [showed] […]

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Pennsylvania MMJ Program Enrolls 3,800 Patients in First Week

More than 3,800 patients and 200 caregivers have signed up for Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program during the first week patients are caregivers were able to register. The program, which launched in 2016, allows patients with 17 qualifying conditions to access non-smokeable forms of cannabis such as pills, oils, vapor, or tinctures if approved by a […]

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Pennsylvania Allows First MMJ Producer to Begin Production

Cresco Yeltrah has been given the greenlight by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to begin medical cannabis production – it is the first licensed operator to receive the go-ahead in the state. The firm, one of 12 licensed in Pennsylvania, is based in Jefferson County, northeast of Pittsburgh. Cresco has already integrated with the state’s […]

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Online MMJ Card Company Expands to New York, Maryland & Pennsylvania

Software provider OnePath Medical, which connects would-be medical cannabis patients with physicians to recommend its use, has expanded its services to Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. The company, founded earlier this year, previously only served Washington D.C. and is the only firm offering the software solution on the East Coast. “People around the world recognize […]

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Pennsylvania Seeking Public Comments on MMJ Draft Rules

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is seeking public comments from potential medical cannabis patients and caregivers on the draft rules for the state’s medical cannabis program. The proposed rules would see medical cannabis available to patients suffering from 17 serious medical conditions. Pennsylvania Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Rachel Levine said public comments provide […]

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Pennsylvania Law Firms Creating Cannabis Divisions

Despite the threat of arrest, imprisonment, and disbarment, attorneys in Pennsylvania are setting up cannabis-centric practices to serve the state’s medical cannabis operators, Philly.com reports. Four of Philadelphia’s largest firms – Duane Morris, Cozen O’Connor, Pepper Hamilton, and Fox Rothschild – have created cannabis divisions as the state prepares to launch its medical cannabis program. […]

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Pennsylvania Announces MMJ Dispensary Licensees

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced the 27 companies approved to operate medical cannabis dispensaries in the state, just over a week after announcing the 12 companies approved for cultivation and processing permits. According to a Philadelphia Enquirer report, six dispensaries were approved in Montgomery County, three in Bucks County, and two each in […]

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Maryland Regulators May Pull Preliminary License from Company Loosely Tied to MN/NY Scandal

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is seeking to revoke the preliminary license of MaryMed LLC due to concerns about the company’s former parent company Vireo Health, according to a Baltimore Sun report. The commission said there was a “reasonable likelihood” that the company would not safeguard its medical cannabis products, citing the ongoing case in […]

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Names of Pennsylvania MMJ Cultivators Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced the 12 companies awarded cultivation and processing permits for medical cannabis. Under the state rules, two licenses were available in the state which was broken into six regions. Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania LLC, and Franklin Labs, LLC were chosen for the Southeast Region licenses; Terrapin Investment Fund 1 […]

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Pennsylvania Gov. Threatens Legal Action if Feds Attempt MMJ Crackdown

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf warned that if the federal government interferes with the state’s medical cannabis program he would ask the state attorney general “to take legal action to protect [Pennsylvania] residents and state sovereignty.” “We do not need the federal government getting in the way of […]

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Pennsylvania Releases Proposed MMJ Rules for Doctors

Pennsylvania has issued the proposed rules for governing doctors under the state’s medical cannabis regime, which is expected to launch in 2018. The program covers 17 chronic conditions, allowing cannabis to be dispensed as pills, oils, a liquid that can be vaporized, and topicals, the Morning Call reports. The rules require physicians to complete a […]

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