Medical Marijuana Comes to Pennsylvania: What to Expect As the Keystone State Rolls Out its New Medical Marijuana Program

Medical Marijuana Comes to Pennsylvania: What to Expect As the Keystone State Rolls Out its New Medical Marijuana Program

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"MPF INSIGHT – Re-Envisioning the Law Firm" developed by the Managing Partner Forum, Jaffe PR, the Remsen Group, and the NLR A lack of consensus regarding both medical and recreational marijuana has sparked intense debate across the country. Combined with federal law prohibitions, the state-by-state mosaic creates a dynamic legal landscape. Marijuana remains illegal federally and retains its classification as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. However, 26 states and the District of Columbia have enacted state laws legalizing marijuana in some form. On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania joined other states that have recognized some medical use for marijuana when Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act (“Act 16”) [1] into law. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (“DOH”) is charged with implementing Act 16, and it promptly developed the medical marijuana program. The DOH has been rolling out temporary regulations (three sets so far) and it anticipates that medical marijuana will become available in Pennsylvania in early 2018. The first critical date for those interested in becoming a medical marijuana organization is January 17, 2017, when the DOH releases its applications for grower/processors and dispensaries through its website. Act 16 Generally Act 16 legalizes medical marijuana for individuals determined by their physicians to suffer from a “serious medical condition.” [2] The Act provides the authority for Pennsylvania to grant grower/processor licenses as well as dispensary licenses. Act 16 allows the Department of Health to allocate 50 dispensary licenses. [3] Essentially, the growers or processors are the manufacturers of the product, while the dispensaries serve as the distributors. Act 16 permits the DOH to divide Pennsylvania into “a minimum of three regions . . . for the purpose of granting permits . . .” [4] After a period of public input, the DOH has settled on […]

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