Pennsylvania

Wed
16
May

Pennsylvania approves eight colleges for groundbreaking medical marijuana research

A who’s who of the Keystone State’s top universities will soon begin comprehensive cannabis studies that have previously been blocked by federal prohibition.

Mon
14
May

Pennsylvania: New medical marijuana regulations to go into effect

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana advisory board has put forth new regulations regarding medical marijuana use and treatment, according to the state Department of Health.

"We have expanded the program," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams, who is a member of the advisory board. "The program is to treat people with very serious medical problems."

The governor's office and the Health Department are expected to release more information on Monday, and it will include the implementation of the flower form of medical marijuana being available in state dispensaries this summer, to be consumed in vapor form.

Fri
11
May

New Jersey and Pennsylvania consider pardoning past pot convictions

Many West Coast states that have legalized allow individuals who were arrested for cannabis-related crimes to clear their records, and now the trend is moving east.

Thu
10
May

Philadelphia wants more cannabis businesses, but will they pay off?

Philadelphia should be a top priority for the medical marijuana industry, local lawmakers said during a joint press conference Wednesday morning.

State Rep. Jordan Harris, a Democrat who represents Philadelphia in Congress, and Councilman-at-Large Derek S. Green called on the Pennsylvania Department of Health to consider granting Philly more grower-processor permits in Phase II of the state’s medical marijuana program.

That phase kicks off later this summer when 13 additional permits will be granted to cultivators and 23 new permits will be awarded to dispensaries throughout the state.

Tue
10
Apr

Pennsylvania medical marijuana board recommends sale of leaf, plant form

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana advisory board on Monday morning voted in favor of allowing "dry leaf or plant form for administration by vaporization."

The vote is a recommendation. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, who chaired the advisory board meeting, is expected to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation and ultimately allow sale of dry leaf and and plant forms at the state's medical marijuana dispensaries.

It wasn't immediately clear when she'll make a decision. 

The board, whose members include a state police representative, a county district attorney and several physicians, voted 11-0, with one member abstaining, in favor of the recommendation. 

Mon
26
Mar

Pennsylvania medical schools may start to study cannabis

To go along with the newly instated medical marijuana program, Pennsylvania medical schools may start to study cannabis.

Pennsylvania medical schools may start to study cannabis, according to local reports. State officials detailed how the new research program will operate on Thursday.

First state medical marijuana program to include research

Fri
23
Mar

Pennsylvania: Who knew? Cops surprised to find marijuana baked into potato chips

Before anyone in Pennsylvania was approved to prescribe, buy or sell medical marijuana, Westmoreland County Park Police stopped a vehicle in Twin Lakes Park containing four bags of marijuana-laced munchies that caught officers by surprise.

In the August 2017 traffic stop, Park Police Officer Bill Meyers and K9 Officer Rex seized about 80 grams of marijuana along with four bags of Yummi Karma brand Medical Cannabis chips in sour cream and onion, salt and pepper, nacho cheese tortilla and zesty ranch tortilla flavors.

Park Police Cpl. Jason Monyok said it was the agency's first seizure of such a product, and the first time that the state police lab in Hempfield had been asked to test such a product to confirm that it contained an illegal substance.

Fri
23
Mar

Pennsylvania moves to become first state to permit medical marijuana research long blocked by federal ban

Pennsylvania officials on Thursday outlined the process that medical schools can use to apply for state permission to conduct medical marijuana research.

Pennsylvania is the first among the states that have legalized medical marijuana to make medical marijuana research part of the law. Historically, marijuana has not been well-studied in the United States, due to its federal status as a Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefit.

Tue
20
Mar

Dispute over Pennsylvania pot shop could impact cannabis legalization in every state

A seemingly simple battle over a dispensary location is now “teeing up a fundamental clash between state and federal law,” a federal judge has ruled.

Over the past three decades, a total of 29 U.S. states have challenged federal law by legalizing medical or recreational cannabis. State-legal canna-businesses have faced extreme challenges while setting up shop in the grey area between legality and criminality, but the issue may soon be clarified in federal court, for better or worse.

Thu
08
Mar

Smokable medical marijuana could come to Pennsylvania

Thanks to a proposed change, smokable medical marijuana could come to Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program became law back in April 2016, yet sales of the drug only began last month, on February 15th. In the nearly two years between, state officials built the regulatory framework for the new industry and certified patients, caregivers and dispensaries.

But less than a month after dispensaries opened their doors, major changes to the program are already under consideration. While the law currently prohibits the sale of dry herbaceous cannabis, smokable medical marijuana could come to Pennsylvania as soon as this summer.

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