Marijuana wins the midterms!

With the resignation/firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as the legalization of marijuana in three states, the clear cut winner of the 2018 midterm elections is the marijuana industry. As everyone is aware by now former AG Jeff Sessions resigned at the President’s request on November 7, 2018. While it is not … Continue reading Marijuana wins the midterms!

More Pennsylvania Cities Decriminalize Marijuana Despite State Law.

With the noted exception of the current Attorney General, there is a growing acceptance of legalize use of marijuana in the United States. Thirty of the fifty states have legalized marijuana for either medical and/or recreational use. As the laws with regards to marijuana use continue to change state by state, the states which have … Continue reading More Pennsylvania Cities Decriminalize Marijuana Despite State Law.

Doctors and dispensaries may not advertise participation in PA’s medical marijuana program but they can educate the public.

Despite some serious concerns caused by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to abandon the Cole Memo guidelines for how the Department of Justice would treat state medical and recreational marijuana programs, the legal state programs are continuing to move forward. There is simple too much demand, interest, and money involved in the marijuana industry to … Continue reading Doctors and dispensaries may not advertise participation in PA’s medical marijuana program but they can educate the public.

One company is trying to make a profit before Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program commences.

Back in June of this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health granted 12 medical marijuana grower/processor permits to the following companies: Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania (Berks County) Franklin Labs (Berks) Pennsylvania Medical Solutions (Lackawanna) Standard Farms (Luzerne) Ilera Healthcare (Fulton) AES Compassionate Care (Franklin) Terrapin Investment Fund 1 (Clinton) GTI Pennsylvania (Montour) AGRiMED Industries of … Continue reading One company is trying to make a profit before Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program commences.

Pennsylvania Announces the First Phase of Permit Applications for Grower/Processors and Dispensaries.

Yesterday, Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health ("DOH") announced that applications for medical marijuana grower/processors and dispensaries will be available at the Pennsylvania DOH's website, http://www.health.pa.gov, beginning January 17, 2017. Permit applications will be accepted from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017. In less than a year, Pennsylvania’s … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces the First Phase of Permit Applications for Grower/Processors and Dispensaries.

Concerns on both sides when drafting a commercial lease for a medical marijuana business.

In the upcoming year, medical marijuana businesses will be applying for permits to conduct business in Pennsylvania as either a grower/processor or a dispensary. In my previous blog, I commented on how it may be significantly more costly to rent property for a medical marijuana business than a non-marijuana business as result of the risks … Continue reading Concerns on both sides when drafting a commercial lease for a medical marijuana business.

Watch out for Higher Rents For Medical Marijuana Businesses

Any entrepreneur looking to participate in Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program understands that one of the biggest expenses and concerns is the location of the operation of the marijuana business venture.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health is planning on issuing 25 permits for grower/processors and 50 permits for dispensaries (with up to three locations per each … Continue reading Watch out for Higher Rents For Medical Marijuana Businesses

What The Nomination Of Senator Jeffrey Sessions as Attorney General Could Mean to the Legal Marijuana Industry.

On election day in November, I wrote a blog article outlining the states which were voting to legalize either recreational or medical marijuana. Eight states voted on election day to legalize marijuana in some form bringing the total number of states who legalized recreational marijuana to eight and medical marijuana to 29. 1 in 5 … Continue reading What The Nomination Of Senator Jeffrey Sessions as Attorney General Could Mean to the Legal Marijuana Industry.

Maine Allows for Marijuana Use in Workers’ Compensation

by Karl Voigt If marijuana law is a particularly dynamic field of practice, then marijuana law as it pertains to Workers' Compensation law is even moreso mutable. We have all seen news coverage of individual states trying to get a handle on changing legal standards with respect to marijuana growing, sales, and use. Only now … Continue reading Maine Allows for Marijuana Use in Workers’ Compensation

OSHA Inspector’s Warrant Request DENIED

09/02/2016 One of the most common questions asked about OSHA Inspections is, “Do I have to let them in my business?” My short answer has always been – No you do not, but it is often advisable that you do so. It is within your rights as a business owner to require that OSHA inspectors … Continue reading OSHA Inspector’s Warrant Request DENIED