Judge Puts Hold on Pennsylvania's Plan for Medical Marijuana Research

Judge Puts Hold on Pennsylvania's Plan for Medical Marijuana Research

Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough sided with dispensaries and growers who challenged the Health Department's approach.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge put a hold on plans to implement the research provision of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law Tuesday, siding with dispensaries and growers who challenged the Health Department's approach.

Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough issued a preliminary injunction that halted the agency's regulations pertaining to handing out additional licenses to growers and dispensaries that partner for research with medical schools.

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McCullough said the regulations may go beyond provisions of the law and circumvent its detailed method of licensing growers and dispensaries.

"The regulations appear to be inconsistent with the legislative intent of Chapter 20, which was to permit distribution of medical marijuana for purposes of and in conjunction with research studies conducted jointly" with the medical schools, she wrote, adding the regulations seem "to require only a minimal commitment to research" in order to be licensed.

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