Medical Marijuana

Don’t Bogart that Medical Marijuana Permit: How to Respond to a Denial Notice

June 20, 2017

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana permit applicants know that there is stiff competition to obtain a coveted permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to dispense and/or grow/process marijuana.  With only 39 permits available throughout the Commonwealth (12 grow/process and 27 dispensing), over 500 applicants paid costly, nonrefundable application fees, completed stacks of paperwork about themselves and […]

Demand Side Economics: An Update on Patients’ Access to Medical Marijuana

April 24, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the Department of Health (“DOH”) released draft temporary regulations for physicians concerning the recommendation of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.  Aside from addressing the immediate needs of the safe-harbor letters, this is the DOH’s first real exposure to the demand side of the medical marijuana market place. The regulations outline the process and […]

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues Permit Applications for Medical Marijuana Facilities

January 18, 2017

On January 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the permit applications, and the timelines governing such applications, for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries. The Department of Health has established a tight window within which it will accept applications. They will be accepted from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017. Furthermore, the Department […]

Draft Regulations Shed Light on PA’s Medical Marijuana Program

October 27, 2016

On October 25, the Department of Health published draft temporary regulations applicable to medical marijuana dispensaries.  The draft regulations are intended to invite public comment and feedback.  Here are a few things we know so far from examining these draft regulations: After a dispensary obtains a permit, but before it can open the doors, the […]

Lessons from South of the Pennsylvania Border: Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Applicants Can Learn from Maryland’s Selections

September 8, 2016

As the Pennsylvania medical marijuana industry continues to take shape under the proposed Medical Marijuana Act’s draft temporary regulations, a peek across the border to Maryland may provide some insight into the selection of, and competition among, applicants for the potentially lucrative grower/processor permits in Pennsylvania.  According to a recent article published by the Washington […]

Medical Malpractice – How Long Do I Have To File A Lawsuit?

August 23, 2016

We’ve all heard about the statute of limitations – the law that says you only have a limited period of time to sue someone that has caused you harm. For most personal injury actions in Pennsylvania, that time is two years. But what if you didn’t know the doctor or hospital made a mistake until after […]

Medical Marijuana’s Big Week – What A Long Strange Trip Its Been

August 23, 2016

When Governor Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act on April 17, 2016, the news coverage was justifiably extensive. However, in the years to come, when we look back at the infancy of this industry, perhaps an oppressively hot week in August 2016 will be remembered as one of the major turning points for medical marijuana […]

So You Want To Open A Medical Marijuana Facility….. Now What? Real Estate And Zoning Considerations For Medical Marijuana Facilities

August 5, 2016

When Pennsylvania adopted the Medical Marijuana Act nearly every industry in the state was impacted.  One of the industries that has been largely ignored to date may also be one of the most significant in obtaining a medical marijuana permit: real estate.  Under the Act, one of the considerations in obtaining a medical marijuana permit […]

Update on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act

July 13, 2016

Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (“DOH”) made available a Safe Harbor Letter, which enables parents and guardians of sick children to treat with medical marijuana. Applicants will have to complete a background check and obtain a letter from a physician providing information about the child’s medical condition. Only certain medical conditions qualify, such […]

Medical Marijuana Comes to Pennsylvania

April 14, 2016

On April 13, 2016 the Pennsylvania legislature voted to approve a regulated medical marijuana program in this Commonwealth.  Under the new law companies growing or selling medical marijuana must register with the Department of Health and obtain the necessary approvals with local municipalities.   Not surprisingly, the growing, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana will be […]

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