In surprise move, Pennsylvania rejects medical cannabis research cultivators

Pennsylvania officials rejected all eight growers that planned to partner with medical schools to research medical marijuana.

Those cultivators also would have been allowed to compete in the commercial market with a lower barrier of entry than other licensed MMJ operators.

The state will open a second round of applications in early 2019.

The surprise move came on the heels of a lawsuit challenging the medical cannabis research program process, but the state told The (Philadelphia) Inquirer the decision wasn’t based on the litigation.

The suit had noted that some of the research growers scored very low in the state’s MMJ competitive process, yet would have received permits allowing them to also compete in the commercial market.

In a news release, the state said none of the applicants met the “... read more at: