Research Marijuana: Herbicide or Alternative Herb. HARRISBURG Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — In another setback for Pennsylvania’s yet-to-launch medical marijuana research program, the state has rejected all of the applications from companies seeking to provide cannabis for research. State Department of Health spokeswoman April Hutcheson says there were eight applications from grower and processors for eight permits to provide marijuana for research. She says all eight applications failed to meet standards set forth in regulations. RELATED: Pa. Health Department reacts after judge temporarily halts marijuana research program “Some of the applicants had just incomplete applications, or didn’t file the proper paperwork that goes along with those applications, out-of-date materials, things like that. We were able to score two of the applications and those applications didn’t meet the minimum requirements,” she said. Hutcheson says applicants will be debriefed on what deficiencies caused their applications to be rejected, and a second round of applications will be opened early next year. Meanwhile, the state’s medical marijuana research program is again being challenged in court.