Pennsylvania adds anxiety and tourette syndrome to Medical Marijuana Program

Later this July, Pennsylvania’s list of 21 conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatments will grow to 23. On Thursday, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health approved the addition of two new qualifying conditions: anxiety and Tourette Syndrome. According to Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, the decision to add the two conditions wasn’t an easy one. But ultimately, Levine approved the conditions in light of growing evidence that cannabis can be an affective adjunct to traditional anxiety and Tourette Syndrome treatments.


Medical marijuana research program launched in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health last week announced a medical marijuana research program involving clinical registrants and approved universities is to kick off in the state.

The program will start with three clinical registrants, who each have a grower/processor and a dispensary permit. The initiative will see the collaborations conducting clinical research on any of the 21 conditions for which the use of medical marijuana is approved for in Pennsylvania.


Gas station chain Sheetz now selling CBD products in Pennsylvania locations

Gas station and convenience store chain Sheetz is probably best known for its massive selection of snacks and touchscreen ordering system.

Now, the chain is diving headfirst into the CBD craze. As announced by the company earlier today, Sheetz is now adding a full line of CBD products to its offerings.


Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: What should legalization look like?

Pennsylvania is getting ever closer to legal recreational marijuana but policymakers still face tough questions about what this potentially multi-billion-dollar industry would look like.

In December, Gov. Tom Wolf signaled he's open to it after years of ambivalence and caution. Newly elected Lt. Gov. John Fetterman subsequently embarked on a 67-county listening tour to collect public input.


Pennsylvania Senators unveil Bill to foster an Adult-Use Cannabis Program

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach and Senator Sharif Street recently unveiled their plan to introduce legislation, Senate Bill 350 (“SB 350”), that — if passed — would legalize adult-use cannabis and create a corresponding regulatory program. SB 350 would permit adults over the age of 21 to purchase and consume adult-use cannabis, and, to grow up to six plants per household.

The state regulatory authority will license cannabis businesses, including cultivation facilities, processors, dispensaries, public lounges and delivery services. There is no limit as to how many licenses the regulatory authority may issue. Additionally, licensees currently active under the state’s medical cannabis program will automatically be issued licenses to enter into the adult-use cannabis space.


Pennsylvania town decriminalizes marijuana, sees future in legal pot

Civic leaders in the borough of Steelton, Pennsylvania unanimously passed an ordinance to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana on Tuesday evening. At a special meeting called to considerer the proposal, members of the borough council voted 5-0 to remove criminal penalties for first-time offenders possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis. Simple possession will instead be charged as a summary offense and be subject to a fine of $25 to $100.

Brian Proctor, the president of the borough council, said in a press release that the town was actively pursuing cannabis reform.


Pennsylvania State Lawmakers unveil Bill to legalize recreational marijuana

The ideas of making pot legal and wiping away marijuana convictions have officially been put forward in the state senate.

We first told you about the proposal earlier this year. Now, state lawmakers have officially proposed it.

They want to legalize recreational pot for all adults 21 and older in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers say it would generate lots of tax money to use in the state's healthcare and educational systems.

"Colorado has been a success. The tax revenue is putting money into the schools, the health care system," said Greg Cox of Lancaster. "If the budget is tight these days, why not make it legal to get the tax revenue?"


Pennsylvania Senators seeking co-sponsors for Recreational Cannabis Bill

A pair of Pennsylvania senators have unveiled a plan to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adult use. The bill, which reads like a pot progressives’ wish list, has already stirred up high-ranking Republican opposition. But even with long odds, the legislation, which includes provisions for home grow, public consumption and release from prison, is starting off Pennsylvania’s latest push for legalization on the right foot.


America's first 'HempTrain' is coming to Central Pa., and it could forge a hemp revolution

A HempTrain is ready to roll into York County.

Steve Groff, owner of Wyndrige Farm in Dallastown and a licensed physician, is purchasing a $1.5 million Canadian-made machine, named the HempTrain, that can mass process hemp. The machine will be installed in an 80,000-square-foot warehouse in Red Lion.

Groff's HempTrain is currently being manufactured by Canadian Greenfield Technologies in Calgary, Alberta and will arrive in Red Lion in mid- to late-summer. Groff expects to be processing hemp this fall.

“It’s very exciting,” Canadian Greenfield Vice President Stephen Christensen said. “We’ve seen a huge amount of interest since the Farm bill and it’s only increasing.”


Pot dispensaries banned from attending Pennsylvania's largest cannabis festival

On 4/20 this year (or April 20th, to the uninitiated), over 10,000 cannabis enthusiasts and medical users will descend on Scranton, PA’s Nay Aug Park for the Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival. The free event debuted in 2015 after being organized by activists in support of legal access to medical cannabis.


The festival features multiple stages, dozens of bands, food trucks and a plethora of vendors of cannabis products such as cosmetics, CBD oil and smoking accessories like bongs, pipes and ashtrays.


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