PA Lawmaker Introduces Marijuana Legalization Bill to House of Representatives

Cannabis legalization in Pennsylvania has both enjoyed the support of the governor and been subject to the reluctance of the state’s Republican legislators. On Tuesday, another push to regulate the drug was initiated when Rep. Jake Wheatley introduced House Bill 2050. 

Wheatley has proposed cannabis legalization in the past, including last year’s unsuccessful HB 50. Since then, the state’s lieutenant governor has embarked on a cannabis listening tour, and the governor has underlined his support for recreational marijuana legislation. 


Pennsylvania Readying For Another Big Year Of Hemp

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 hemp program began accepting applications from commercial growers and processors last week.

Last year, 324  farmers in the state planted just over 4,000 acres and the Department is hoping for an even busier season in 2020. In 2019, caps on the number of hemp permits and acreage were lifted.


Pennsylvania’s 2020 Hemp Program Open for Business, Applications Open to Growers and Processors

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 hemp program will begin accepting applications from both commercial growers and processors in the commonwealth tomorrow, January 4, 2020. This marks the second year for Pennsylvania’s commercial-scale growing program which builds on the department’s pilot research program that had a two-year run.


What's different about this BMW at the 2020 Farm Show hemp exhibit? It's 14% hemp

The Farm Show is chock full of products coming from Pennsylvania’s agricultural industries. This year’s show has a larger showing than last year of one of its newer commodities: hemp.

Hemp is featured at the Farm Show in unique ways, from a house built from hempcrete, to clothing made from hemp materials, to a BMW car that has 14% of its content made out of hemp.


New Jersey is poised to let voters decide if marijuana should be legal

State lawmakers inched closer Thursday to letting voters decide next year if marijuana should be legal in New Jersey.

“It’s time we give the voters an opportunity to weigh in on this,” Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D., Union) said during the final — and constitutionally required — hearing before legislators vote on whether to put recreational marijuana legalization on the November ballot.

That vote is scheduled for Monday. Scutari said it would have been preferable to legalize marijuana through the Legislature, but that "appears to not be the avenue we can go.”


Pennsylvania medical marijuana sales top $500 million in first two years

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has passed a half-billion dollars in sales since it began dispensing the drug nearly two years ago.

John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said at an advisory board meeting Wednesday that about 147,000 people are certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of 72 dispensaries in operation.

He says there are about 65,000 patient visits to dispensaries per week. Their average purchase is about $120.

About 60 percent of the demand is coming from patients with pain or pain-related conditions, which Collins says is in line with other states' experience.


Hemp sees resurgence in Pa. after 80 years — but there are roadblocks

The 2019 growing season was a painful, learning process for hemp farmer Steve Pugliese.

“We had major weed issues,” said Pugliese, who planted 255 acres of industrial hemp in Jefferson Township.

Before hemp stretched as far as the eye could see on Pugliese’s Berks County farm near Bernville, the fields were planted in corn, hay and soybeans.


Pennsylvania aims to move forward both on medicinal & adult use cannabis programs

A new effort to legalize recreational cannabis is coming to the Keystone State. Pennsylvania lawmakers Daylin Leach and Sharif Street are hoping to build support for their latest proposal, Senate Bill 350 which they introduced on October 15th. The bill would allow for both home delivery and the automatic expungement of many previous criminal convictions related to marijuana. The bill’s supporters estimate it will generate $500 million in tax revenue within twelve months.

In contrast to the approach of many other states, Senate Bill 350 contains a provision allowing home grower permits for personal use. The bill also envisions “use lounges” where individuals can legally consume marijuana brought from outside the establishment.


Majority of Pennsylvania voters want legal cannabis, poll shows — just not in state stores

A majority of Pennsylvania voters support legalizing cannabis for recreational use, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows.

What they don’t want? Marijuana sold through the commonwealth’s more than 600 state-owned liquor stores.

The poll released Thursday shows 58 percent of voters support legalization, a number consistent with March polling by the Lancaster, Pa.-based college.

Pollsters also asked, “How likely would you be to support the legalization of marijuana if it were sold by the state liquor stores instead of by private companies?”


Pennsylvania: More than a year after whole plant went legal, medical cannabis growers struggling to keep up with demand

An eighth-ounce of bud costs $123,456 if you order online from medical cannabis dispensary Justice Grown Pennsylvania.

It’s a creative deterrent to stop patients from placing orders online amid widespread shortage of dry leaf medical cannabis.

Demand has outpaced supply ever since state regulators opened up raw cannabis sales for approved patients last August. That and other factors came to a head this week for Justice Grown when it had to throttle sales for an option that costs significantly less than concentrated products such as vape cartridges and tinctures.


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