PA denies all clinical research cannabis applicants

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday rejected the applications of all eight marijuana growers who had planned to partner with the state’s medical schools, reports Sam Wood at

“Our goal is to ensure that our research program operates at the highest standards,” Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, a former research scientist, told “We are disappointed that awards were not made, but must uphold the standards set out in the regulations.”

We told you Wednesday about a lawsuit filed that challenged the clinical registrant program, under which an academic research university could partner with cannabis companies who would them be granted the right to cultivate cannabis and also open six medical marijuana dispensaries without the geographic restrictions set upon dispensary applicants of the state’s medical marijuana program.

The state told the lawsuit had no impact on its decision to reject every clinical registrant application, and that it intends to relaunch an application process in 2019.

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