Pennsylvania

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thu
08
Mar

Pennsylvania may allow cannabis flower sales to resolve medical marijuana supply issues

Medical cannabis oil in Pennsylvania is currently more expensive than gold, with a gram costing anywhere from $80 to $144.

Pennsylvania's first cannabis dispensaries opened their doors last month, two years after legislators approved a limited medical marijuana law allowing qualifying patients to purchase cannabis oils, pills, or vape cartridges.

The rollout has been anything but smooth, however, as dispensaries soon found themselves unable to meet the demand for medical cannabis, causing prices to skyrocket.

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05
Mar

Philadelphia medical marijuana case could have nationwide impact

A federal judge in Philadelphia is considering whether to take a case that could have an enormous impact on the medical marijuana industry nationwide.

The case involves a dispensary permitted for Philadelphia Mills in the Northeast.

Pharma Cann got a state permit and city approval to open in a former Chi-Chi’s near the Mall, but mall operator, Simon Property, sued in federal court to block it from opening.

It claims the deed forbids “illegal activity” and that would include the dispensary, since marijuana is illegal under federal law.

Pharma Cann wants the issue resolved in Common Pleas Court, arguing it’s simply a case of an outdated restrictive covenant. Its attorney, Jeremy Unruh, says Simon’s attempt to make it a federal case is unduly excessive.

Mon
05
Mar

Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries run out of supplies

Two medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania have run out of supplies — less than two weeks after the state launched its new medical marijuana program.

“We have no inventory,” Chris Visco, TerraVida Holistic Center co-owner in Bucks County, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. He said the only supplies the dispensary had left onThursday morning were vape pens.

Keystone Shops, a dispensary in Devon, posted a notice on its website saying it was closed until more products arrive.

Wed
28
Feb

Pennsylvania’s first week of medical marijuana sales saw high prices and long lines

Qualifying Pennsylvanians can finally buy legal medicinal cannabis products, and they’re selling out fast, even with price tags more than double of the state’s black market.

Pennsylvania’s long-awaited medical cannabis program is finally up and running, offering Keystone State residents suffering from 17 severe conditions the ability to legally purchase, possess, and consume a number of THC and CBD concentrates, topicals and tinctures.

Fri
23
Feb

Cannabis businesses, beware: The Hershey Co. is on the warpath.

Perhaps the most famous confectionery peddler in the world has a well-documented history of actively protecting its trademarks, and the marijuana industry is no exception.

Although Hershey's has been relatively quiet in the marijuana sector since it sued two cannabis businesses in 2014, the company seemingly ramped up its oversight of possible trademark infringements in 2017.

Hershey's — a Pennsylvania-based Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of more than $7 billion — sent cease-and-desist letters last year to at least two California marijuana companies:

Harborside, a well-established dispensary in Oakland.

Good Girl Cannabis Co., an edibles maker in rural northeast California.

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