As Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program gathered speed and support,
the Pennsylvania Department of Health made a request for common public
questions to be collected and answered by industry professionals. The
American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) was tasked to gather the most pressing questions, prepare them for critical
review, and provide detailed answers. After working with and getting legal
counsel from Sacks Weston Diamond LLC, as well as a handful of other firms
and companies that provided helpful input, ATACH has released its list
of the most-pressing questions about medical marijuana that the people
of Pennsylvania have been asking.
To briefly summarize the top 10 questions:
- What mix of industry professionals and government employees will be in
charge of reviewing, approving, or denying medical marijuana business
- If fingerprinting medical marijuana business applicants will remain as
a mandatory measure, how will it be conducted, and will out-of-state applicants
need to travel to Pennsylvania for it?
- Will dispensary applications be prioritized based on the number of planned
dispensaries in the future?
- What are the odds that the Department of Health will add a new regulation
that distances medical marijuana growers and processors from certain areas,
such as schoolyards?
- Will medical marijuana be able to create its own training requirements
based on an employee’s permission, so long as the training is at
least two hours in duration?
- Why is testing Section 21 of medical marijuana business permit applications blank?
- What information is required – as named specifically – to be
redacted from such an application?
- Where can an applicant provide images, diagrams, sketches, etc. within
the permit application, if this is permitted at all?
- Since regulations state grower and processing facilities need to provide
back-up generators in case of a power outage and adequate security systems,
what are the specific requirements in mind, or does it vary from facility
- Must the $500,000 capital requirement on the G/P license be held from the
very beginning of the application process?
You can access the full list of questions and answers – there is
270 total questions – by clicking here. You can also click here
to access a file specific to fingerprinting and criminal history background
checks, which proved to be one of the most frequently asked questions
by the public.
With these key questions are answered, companies interested in the medical
marijuana industry, legislators, and the Pennsylvania public should all
be one step closer to peace of mind regarding the subject. There has been
much speculation and concern surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana
for years. It can be agreed that everyone will benefit from more clarification.
Sacks Weston Diamond LLC has been advocating alongside ATACH for years.
If you are looking into the specifics of starting a medical marijuana
industry but do not understand the many legal intricacies, our Pennsylvania
medical marijuana lawyers can help you. We are well-versed in all facets of
medical marijuana law in and out of the state, including new and developing
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