By: Kenneth C. Foltz, Sr., Esq.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy announced today that applications for medical marijuana grower/processors and dispensaries will be available January 17, 2017.

The permit applications will be accepted from February 20, 2017 until March 20, 2017.

Information related to the requirements for each class of license is available at www.health.pa.gov.

Secretary Murphy stated, “In the first phase of the program, there will be up to 12 permits issued for grower/processors across Pennsylvania’s six medical marijuana regions, and up to 27 permits issued for dispensaries. The decision for which counties will be issued permits in this first phase was determined by using the department’s medical data, as well as comments from more than 5,000 patients and nearly 900 potential grower/processors and dispensary applicants.”

The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016.  The PA Department of Health and its working group have advanced the regulations for this new program at an aggressive pace. To date, several of the major accomplishments of this group are:

* Established Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process (approved 134 applications);

* Published temporary regulations for growers/processors and dispensaries;

* Released public surveys to aid in the development of temporary regulations for growers/processors and dispensaries/laboratories; and

* Created the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup.

The medical marijuana program is expected to be fully implemented by 2018.

Leech Tishman will be hosting a series of educational seminars starting January 20, 2017 to provide guidance on this new and rapidly developing business sector.  If you are interested in receiving information regarding the educational seminars, please email Mala Mason at mmason@leechtishman.com.

If you have any questions regarding the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana program, please contact Kenneth C. Foltz, Sr. Ken is a Partner in Leech Tishman’s Real Estate, Corporate, and Energy Groups. He is also Chair of the Medical Marijuana Subgroup. Ken is based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. Ken can be reached at 412.261.1600 or kfoltz@leechtishman.com.

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