Medical Marijuana

Canada Takes Steps to Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Will America Follow Suit?

June 22, 2018

On June 19, 2018, the Canadian Senate passed legislation that would make Canada the second country, and first major economy, to legalize recreational marijuana use.  Although the formality of approval from the governor-general is required, sometime within the next two to three months recreational marijuana will be sold in Canada.  While Canada still has numerous […]

PA Department of Health Announces Expansion of Medical Marijuana Program

March 26, 2018

On Thursday March 22, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) announced the expansion of the still nascent medical marijuana industry here in the Commonwealth.  Less than a year has transpired since the DOH announced the recipients of the first 12 permits to grow and process medical marijuana along with the first 27 permits to dispense […]

Did the Legal Position of State-License Marijuana Growers Become More Hazy?: Tenth Circuit Opens Door for Private Right of Action Against Marijuana Growers

July 20, 2017

Since medical marijuana was first legalized in California, in 1996, there has been a gradual easing of state marijuana laws, specifically states following California’s lead to legalize medical marijuana, the decriminalization of marijuana in a number of states, and the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington. […]

Don’t Bogart that Medical Marijuana Permit: How to Respond to a Denial Notice

June 20, 2017

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana permit applicants know that there is stiff competition to obtain a coveted permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to dispense and/or grow/process marijuana.  With only 39 permits available throughout the Commonwealth (12 grow/process and 27 dispensing), over 500 applicants paid costly, nonrefundable application fees, completed stacks of paperwork about themselves and […]

Demand Side Economics: An Update on Patients’ Access to Medical Marijuana

April 24, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the Department of Health (“DOH”) released draft temporary regulations for physicians concerning the recommendation of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.  Aside from addressing the immediate needs of the safe-harbor letters, this is the DOH’s first real exposure to the demand side of the medical marijuana market place. The regulations outline the process and […]

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues Permit Applications for Medical Marijuana Facilities

January 18, 2017

On January 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the permit applications, and the timelines governing such applications, for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries. The Department of Health has established a tight window within which it will accept applications. They will be accepted from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017. Furthermore, the Department […]

Draft Regulations Shed Light on PA’s Medical Marijuana Program

October 27, 2016

On October 25, the Department of Health published draft temporary regulations applicable to medical marijuana dispensaries.  The draft regulations are intended to invite public comment and feedback.  Here are a few things we know so far from examining these draft regulations: After a dispensary obtains a permit, but before it can open the doors, the […]

Lessons from South of the Pennsylvania Border: Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Applicants Can Learn from Maryland’s Selections

September 8, 2016

As the Pennsylvania medical marijuana industry continues to take shape under the proposed Medical Marijuana Act’s draft temporary regulations, a peek across the border to Maryland may provide some insight into the selection of, and competition among, applicants for the potentially lucrative grower/processor permits in Pennsylvania.  According to a recent article published by the Washington […]

Medical Marijuana’s Big Week – What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

August 23, 2016

When Governor Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act on April 17, 2016, the news coverage was justifiably extensive. However, in the years to come, when we look back at the infancy of this industry, perhaps an oppressively hot week in August 2016 will be remembered as one of the major turning points for medical marijuana […]

So You Want To Open A Medical Marijuana Facility….. Now What? Real Estate And Zoning Considerations For Medical Marijuana Facilities

August 5, 2016

When Pennsylvania adopted the Medical Marijuana Act nearly every industry in the state was impacted.  One of the industries that has been largely ignored to date may also be one of the most significant in obtaining a medical marijuana permit: real estate.  Under the Act, one of the considerations in obtaining a medical marijuana permit […]

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