Pennsylvania State Rep. To Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bill

If recreational marijuana becomes legal in Pennsylvania in the near future, its roots could be traced back to Pittsburgh.

State Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Hill District) plans to introduce a bill to legalize the sale and purchase of marijuana throughout Pennsylvania. And not just medical marijuana, which has been sold since February, but recreational marijuana. This bill, if enacted into law, would also expunge criminal records for marijuana-related crimes that would become legal under the new law. Continue reading “Pennsylvania State Rep. To Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bill”

Medical Marijuana Hits The Pennsylvania Market With High Prices And High Demand

Limited quantities, sticker shock, and some mislabeled product.

The first week of medical marijuana sales in Pennsylvania was marked by these birthing pains. On the whole, retailers and the Department of Health said the launch of the nascent industry — expected to grow into one of the nation’s largest markets — had largely gone “as hoped.” Continue reading “Medical Marijuana Hits The Pennsylvania Market With High Prices And High Demand”

Pennsylvania Removes Medical Marijuana Users From Police Computers

A controversial part of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program just became more difficult to enforce. Under the state’s medical use law, passed in 2016, registered patients lose their gun rights once enrolled in the program. But if Pennsylvania removes medical marijuana users from police computers, determining who should and who shouldn’t have a gun gets harder. Yet the question remains. Will the move help restore medical cannabis patients gun rights? Continue reading “Pennsylvania Removes Medical Marijuana Users From Police Computers”

Pennsylvania Approves First Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Pennsylvania officials on Thursday announced the first all-clear for a medical marijuana dispensary in the state to begin providing cannabis once it becomes available from a licensed grower.

The Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary in Bethlehem received the state authorization, a major milestone in Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana program.

“It means there’s going to be safe and effective access to a new medicine that can help (patients) in a wide variety of ways,” said Victor Guadagnino, the company’s co-founder and chief of business development. He said the company sees cannabis as a way patients can take a more active role in their own health care.

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Pennsylvania’s MMJ Program Expects Shakeup With Recreational Marijuana In New Jersey

New Jersey is almost certain to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use within a year, and that’s sure to have major repercussions on Pennsylvania’s nascent medical cannabis industry.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy ran on a platform calling for full legalization of all forms of marijuana for anyone over 21. Industry analysts say the Garden State cannabis market could be worth $1 billion a year and generate an annual $300 million for the state’s tax coffers. Continue reading “Pennsylvania’s MMJ Program Expects Shakeup With Recreational Marijuana In New Jersey”

Legal Challenges Could Delay Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

A state lawmaker and advocates who fought to get medical marijuana legalized in Pennsylvania say a rejected applicant for a dispensary and grower licenses should drop its effort to get the state’s program halted.

In a lawsuit filed in Commonwealth Court, Keystone ReLeaf asked the court to halt the rollout of the medical marijuana program over concerns about the lack of transparency in how the permits were awarded.

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Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on fast track to become largest in the country

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senator Daylin Leach and Republican Senator Mike Folmer are two happy guys. The mechanisms behind the medical marijuana bill they wrote, which became law on April 13, 2016, are now in full run mode with the prospect of 12 licensed grows and 81 licensed dispensaries in operation by January. Continue reading “Pennsylvania medical marijuana program on fast track to become largest in the country”

Pennsylvania Announces Timeline for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has released a timeframe for when those in the state can expect the opening of the first medical cannabis dispensaries.

At a press conference held yesterday Health Secretary Karen Murphy said that the department will be accepting applications for cultivation centers and dispensaries starting February 20th and ending March 20th. Continue reading “Pennsylvania Announces Timeline for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries”