On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf and Lt Governor John Fetterman held a news conference to announce that it is time for Pennsylvania to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana. Previously, Governor Wolf had stated that he wanted to study the effects of legalization on the 11 states that had already legalized adult … Continue reading Governor calls for expedited pardon process for Pennsylvanians with small amount, non-violent marijuana convictions.
Lehigh County Court of Common Please Judge Maria L. Dantos ruled that a warrantless police search prompted by the smell of marijuana was illegal once the passenger showed his medical marijuana card. On August 2, 2019, Judge Dantos issued an opinion stating that Pennsylvania State Troopers overstepped the law when they searched a vehicle that … Continue reading Lehigh County Judge Rules Police Search Prompted By Weed Odor Illegal After Man Presents Medical Marijuana Card
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.