Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Still on Track for 2018 Rollout

Medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania one year ago, but the program is not planned to go into effect until next year. As the program ramps up, entrepreneurs have been setting up new marijuana businesses while local governments are tweaking zoning laws and identifying ideal locations for new MMJ facilities. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has also formed a team to create regulations for marijuana growers, processors, dispensaries, and labs.

This summer, growers, processors, and dispensaries will be able to get their licenses to do business in the state. The application process closed on March 20th, and the state expects that it will be able to review them all within 90 days. “I think everything’s on pace for opening the doors in early to mid-2018,” Russ Cersosimo, director of strategic alliances for the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, said.

Last week, the state Department of Health released draft guidelines for physicians who want to register for the medical marijuana program. The regulations require that doctors cannot have any financial interest in medical marijuana businesses, and that they cannot advertise that they are registered to prescribe…

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