Pennsylvania Awards Medical Cannabis Permits

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Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana permits have been issued to 12 companies by the state’s Department of Health in what was a hotly contested application process.

The state’s Office of Medical Marijuana received 177 applications for growers/processors. The successful companies are:

  • Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania, LLC
  • Franklin Labs, LLC
  • Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, LLC
  • Standard Farms, LLC
  • Ilera Healthcare, LLC
  • AES Compassionate Care, LLC
  • Terrapin Investment Fund 1, LLC
  • GTI Pennsylvania, LLC
  • AGRiMED Industries of PA, LLC
  • PurePenn, LLC

“The next step for the permit holders will be to ramp up their operations so they can prepare to grow medical marijuana,” said the Office’s Director, John Collins. Site inspections will need to occur before the locations can be certified as operational. Recipients of permits have six months to become operational.

“With today’s announcement, we remain on track to fulfill the Wolf Administration’s commitment to deliver medical marijuana to patients in 2018,” stated Mr. Collins.

Medical marijuana was legalized in the state in April this year, becoming the 24th US state to do so. Cannabis medicines will be available in pill, oil, topical, vaporizer or nebulizer, tincture or liquid forms for patients suffering one of the following conditions:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Huntington’s Chorea/Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
  • Intractable Seizures
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain where conventional treatments are contraindicated or ineffective
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

To qualify for the program, a patient’s doctor, whom the patient has had an ongoing association with, will need to provide a signed certification and then the patient must register for an identification card.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health will authorize up to 150 dispensaries across the state. To date, 280 applications for dispensaries have been received.

Further details on Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program can be viewed here.