State keeps marijuana research moving in spite of injunction

A judge’s decision in May halted the current marijuana research application process, but the amendments to the state law passed last week will keep the program moving for now.

Amendments to the state’s medical marijuana laws signed by Gov. Tom Wolf late last week will keep the research permit process moving forward despite legal challenges raised earlier this year.

House Bill 2477 amends Chapter 20 of the state’s Medical Marijuana Act regulating academic clinical research centers and its suppliers, tightening rules and state Department of Health oversight in the law. Two companies planning to open growing facilities in Bucks County, MLH 150 Roebling LLC and PharmaCann LLC, told officials earlier this year they intended to apply for the permits for facilities in Falls.

Chapter 20 allows marijuana companies with commercial grower and dispensary permits to partner with the eight medical schools approved as academic clinical research centers by the state’s Department

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