Philadelphia Vying For License to Process Medical Marijuana and Grow

Philadelphia Vying For License to Grow and Procedure Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania’s relatively youthful medical marijuana program is continuing to grow and expand. Now, with Philadelphia vying for a permit to grow and process medical marijuana, the legal cannabis industry could be on the verge of moving into the City of Brotherly Love.

Philly Wants to Grow Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania is poised to issue another round of licenses for medical marijuana growers and processors. The state of Pennsylvania issued its first round of licenses this past year, but Philadelphia didn’t get any of these. This time around, the state will reportedly give out 13 new licenses.   And the city of Philadelphia wants in on the action.

According to local news outlet WPVI-TV, Philadelphia city leaders are pushing hard to get one of the forthcoming grower/processor permits.

As the nation’s medical marijuana program evolves, cities such as Philadelphia have doubled their efforts to pull cannabis enterprise.

“I think it’s essential that we raise this voice and raise this issue, as we attempt to combat poverty in our town,”said Philadelphia City Councilman Derek Green.

He added: “And we think with this expanding sector of medical cannabis, this is a real opportunity to provide economic development opportunities here. ”

State Representative Jordan Harris took it. He voiced his own especially strong support of medical marijuana. In particular, he likes the notion of Philadelphia being able to move in the business.

In recent remarks, he praised the medical marijuana industry. He also reminded city officials and citizens that the industry is expected to see rapid growth in immediate the future.

“We ought to be looking at not only do we want to have one in Philadelphia, we would like to have all the ancillary business that includes it,” Rep. Harris said. “And we would like to start to train our young people on the best way best to cultivate and how to grow and how [to] do so lawfully because this is the business of the future. ”

A Bid for Bud at the City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia’s bid to acquire growing and processing licenses is the latest development in Pennsylvania’s growing cannabis laws.

The state legalized medical marijuana in 2016.

In actuality, Pennsylvania didn’t approve a growing facility until the autumn of 2017.   A couple of months later, in January 2018, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Pennsylvania opened for business.

Under present laws, patients may only access and use non-smokable forms of cannabis. However, a move to change that’s currently underway. Starting in March, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board was tasked with looking into the possibility of expanding the medical marijuana program to include smokable flower.

In April, the Board voiced its support of the change. But before dispensaries can start selling flower, the proposal should first be accepted by other lawmakers and agencies.

Applications for the stage two licensing round must be postmarked by May 17th. Find more information about Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program on the state website.

Released at Fri, 11 May 2018 13:00:56 +0000

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