Election Day For Marijuana

It’s election day for marijuana. The number of states legalizing marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use continues to grow. Five more states have ballot initiatives for the legalization of recreation/adult use marijuana and four more states have medical marijuana ballot initiatives. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada are all states with existing medical marijuana programs who … Continue reading Election Day For Marijuana

DOH Announces Important Updates On PA’s Medical Marijuana Program Including Draft Regulations for Growers/Processors.

On August 18, 2016, Secretary of Health, Karen Murphy held a press conference to give four important updates on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program. One update was the previous announcement of John Collins named as the director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. The biggest update was Secretary Murphy’s announcement that the Department of Health finished … Continue reading DOH Announces Important Updates On PA’s Medical Marijuana Program Including Draft Regulations for Growers/Processors.

The Possible Ethical Conflict Facing Pennsylvania Marijuana Attorneys

As readers of my blog are aware, there is a conflict between state laws legalizing medical or recreational/adult marijuana use and federal law which continues to classify marijuana as an illegal drug. Despite federal law, the marijuana business is booming and states are rapidly changing their laws to allow some form legal marijuana (medical or … Continue reading The Possible Ethical Conflict Facing Pennsylvania Marijuana Attorneys

Workers’ Compensation and Medical Marijuana

by Karl Voigt This April, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted Act 16 of 2016 (the Medical Marijuana Program),which will enable patients with serious medical conditions to purchase marijuana to treat their symptoms. This is viewed as a conservative approach to the legalization of marijuana in certain circumstances, not a wholesale and liberal distribution of medical marijuana … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation and Medical Marijuana

9th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals Says DOJ Can Not Prosecute Medical Cannabis Businesses That Comply With State Laws.

In a decision which can only be classified as a win for the marijuana industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco (the “Court of Appeals”) ruled Tuesday August 16, 2016, that the U.S Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) must comply with a Congressional rider which prohibits the DOJ from … Continue reading 9th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals Says DOJ Can Not Prosecute Medical Cannabis Businesses That Comply With State Laws.

John J. Collins Named As Director Of Pennsylvania’s Office Of Medical Marijuana

On August 4, 2016, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Karen Murphy, announced that John J. Collins had been named the director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. Collins is in an internal appointment from the Department of Health. Collins joined the Department of Health in April of this year and currently serves as a public … Continue reading John J. Collins Named As Director Of Pennsylvania’s Office Of Medical Marijuana

PA’s Safe Harbor Letter for medical marijuana

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has published temporary regulations 28 PA. Code Ch. 1131 et seq. relating to “Safe Harbor Letter”. The temporary regulations are published by the DOH under Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (the “MMA”) see 35 P.S. §§10231.101-10231-2110. The temporary regulations pertain to section 2106 of the MMA (35 P.S. §§10231.2106), which … Continue reading PA’s Safe Harbor Letter for medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana, a viable alternative to opioid painkillers.

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act allows patients who are afflicted with one of 17 serious medical conditions to be certified to use medical marijuana. Included as a separate and distinct medical condition in the enumerated 17 serious medical conditions is “severe chronic or intractable pain.” Severe pain is also a symptom which is common in many … Continue reading Medical Marijuana, a viable alternative to opioid painkillers.

Ohio becomes the 25th State to legalize medical marijuana.

On June 8, 2016, the State of Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana when Governor John Kasich signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio. The bill will take effect in 90 days. Much like Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, the law will not be fully operational for about two years. During that … Continue reading Ohio becomes the 25th State to legalize medical marijuana.

Will Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act get Doc Blocked?

Under Pennsylvania’s newly enacted Medical Marijuana Act, there are 17 Serious Medical Conditions for which a patient may be prescribed medical marijuana. For a patient to be allowed to use medical marijuana, that patient must be issued an identification card under Section 501 of the Act. The Department of Health (“DOH”) may issue an identification … Continue reading Will Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act get Doc Blocked?