Medical marijuana faces hurdles

Medical marijuana faces hurdles

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Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski / Allen Wagner of Wagner’s Greenhouse waters hydrangea plants at the business. Wagner said a last-minute problem prevented him from applying to be a medical marijuana grower, but he will likely seek a spot in an as-yet-unscheduled second round of license offers. With one day left for prospective medical marijuana growers and distributors to turn their paperwork in to state authorities, interest is already stirring in some quarters to legalize the drug outright. But many forces — including those of the federal government — are dead set against any moves to expand marijuana’s availability. And if prospective local growers are any indication, even medical marijuana could hit some speed bumps in the coming months. “There is some pushback around the state,” said Allen Wagner, owner of Wagner’s Greenhouse in Logan Township and a prospective medical marijuana grower. “And there are some places where their arms are open, where they’re going to hug anybody that’s going to do this.” Legal medical marijuana in Pennsylvania was the product of a yearslong political battle, with families of gravely ill children rallying in Harrisburg to convince lawmakers the drug is effective for pain, seizures and other symptoms. However, the law limits the forms that medical marijuana can take and doesn’t include smoking it. Passing a new law didn’t make the drug available overnight, however. Growers and dispensers have had to follow an intensive application process for a shot to grow or sell the plant, with a monthlong license period set to end Monday. In December, state Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said officials had gathered preliminary information from as many as 900 potential growers and dispensers, suggesting a surge of interest in a profitable new field. “It’s a good cash crop,” Wagner said in June, when he publicly […]

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