PA Auditor General Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana

Result would bring in revenue, create jobs, reduce corrections costs

PENNSYLVANIA: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade. “The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to Read the full article…

PA DOH Releases Medical Marijuana Program Permit Applications For Growers/Processors and Dispensaries

PA releases medical marijuana regulations

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced applications for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries are now available on the department’s Medical Marijuana Program website. Permit applications will be accepted from February 20 to March 20, 2017. “This is an important step forward in getting this valuable medication to patients who desperately need it,” Read the full article…

Department of Health Asks For Patient Input On Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today encouraged Pennsylvanians who will be eligible for the Medical Marijuana Program to participate in a short survey to help ensure the program will meet their needs. The survey will be available on the department’s website until 5:00 PM on Friday, November 18. “If you are a Pennsylvania resident and a patient with a serious medical Read the full article…

Department of Health Names John J. Collins as Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Marijuana

PA appoints new medical marijuana director

PENNSYLVANIA: Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that John J. Collins has been named director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. Collins, who currently works in the Department of Health’s HIV Care Section, will assume his new role on Aug. 8, 2016. “I am pleased to announce the department has identified a highly qualified Read the full article…

Update on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program Implementation Process

Pennsylvania Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation Process; Urges Physician Participation

PENNSYLVANIA: In a continued commitment to transparency throughout the development and implementation of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today provided an update on accomplishments, gave a preview of pending activities, and highlighted the need for physician participation. “The department is being very thoughtful and thorough in our approach to developing and implementing a medically-focused program Read the full article…

Pennsylvania Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program Now Online

A Pennsylvania Safe Harbor Letter is available to parents, legal guardians, caregivers, and spouses of a minor under the age of 18 who suffers from one of the seventeen serious medical conditions defined in the Medical Marijuana Act.

PENNSYLVANIA: Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy announced that applications for the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program’s Safe Harbor Letter are now available online for parents, legal guardians, caregivers, and spouses to administer medical marijuana within the commonwealth to minors in their care with physician-documented serious medical conditions. “I am excited to announce the availability of the Pennsylvania Safe Harbor Letter application, Read the full article…

New Rules On Medical Marijuana Research Could Play Into Pennsylvania Legislative Process

These modifications will streamline the research process regarding CBD’s possible medicinal value and help foster ongoing scientific studies.

PENNSYLVANIA:  Last week the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration relaxed regulations on medical marijuana research, with potential implications for approval of laws in Pennsylvania. Loosening regulations on medical marijuana research should streamline the process for researchers conducting FDA-approved clinical trials on cannabidiol, or CBD, an extract of the marijuana plant, according to a news release from Read the full article…

Pittsburgh City Council Votes To Decriminalize Possession Of Small Amounts Of Marijuana

The bill allows city police to fine up to $100 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of hashish, instead of citing them for a misdemeanor.

PENNSYLVANIA: By a vote of 7-2, Pittsburgh City Council passed a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana this morning. The bill allows city police to fine up to $100 for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of hashish, instead of citing them for a misdemeanor. Its sponsor, Public Read the full article…

Pittsburgh’s Proposed Marijuana Decriminalization Would Free Up Law-Enforcement Resources

“From a fiscally responsible government perspective,” says Pittsburgh City Councilor Daniel Lavelle, “when police have to go about dealing with small amounts of marijuana and these charges end up having to go through the court system, it ultimately is a huge burden and fiscal waste of government resources.”

PENNSYLVANIA: Most people can come up with a slew of reasons to decriminalize or even legalize marijuana: It has proven medicinal benefits; it consistently accounts for fewer deaths annually than alcohol consumption; and many believe minorities are disproportionately persecuted for its possession. But another case for decriminalizing marijuana is that it can reduce the strain on Read the full article…

Pennsylvania House Could Take Up Bill Allowing Research Into Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp production stopped in 1937 when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed. Hemp has been illegal since 1970 when the Controlled Substances Act passed, as hemp comes from the cannabis plant.

PENNSYLVANIA: A state House panel moved a bill that paves the way for research into industrial uses of hemp research After approval by the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the bill now moves to the House floor. The measure would allow university researchers and programs administered by the Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp Read the full article…