Lawsuit to Halt Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program Could Negatively Impact Patients

Keystone ReLeaf is one of at least 140 failed applicants who have filed appeals challenging the state’s awarded licenses.

September 12, 2017
Legislation and regulation Medical News State by State: Pennsylvania

If Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is delayed, “people will be forced to needlessly endure excruciating pain, agony, and, in some cases, death,” according to State Sen. Daylin Leach, prime sponsor of the 2016 law legalizing medical cannabis in the state.

STATE BY STATE: Pennsylvania Cannabis News

Leach (D., Montgomery) pleaded Monday morning with an aspiring medical marijuana grower to back down from a lawsuit that could potentially shut down the program before it even launches, although one attorney specializing in the field said that was unlikely.

Attorney Seth Tipton filed court papers late Friday in Commonwealth Court on behalf of Bethlehem’s Keystone ReLeaf LLC seeking an injunction against the state Department of Health. The company has asked the court to rescind all awarded permits and start again from scratch.

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