Medical Marijuana


Medical Marijuana

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In April 2016, Pennsylvania enacted legislation authorizing the growing, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana in the Commonwealth by state licensed medical marijuana organizations for use in treating patients suffering from specific medical conditions. Stevens & Lee/Griffin was involved in the development of the legislation and remains at the forefront of the implementation of the new law and the regulations which will govern Medical Marijuana Organizations (MMOs).

With MMOs expected to begin operation in 2018, draft regulations are currently under review and represent a significant opportunity for both established cannabis businesses and qualified entrepreneurs to help shape the future of the industry in this state. As marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (making it a federal crime to grow, sell and use marijuana), our professionals are committed to staying abreast of all legal developments impacting the medical marijuana industry.

Capitalizing on our long history of representing businesses in other heavily regulated industries – such as gaming and alcoholic beverages, as well as health care, banking and insurance – our multidisciplinary Platform has assembled a team of lawyers and government affairs, finance and other professionals to guide clients through the regulatory complexities presented by the forthcoming regulations. Our firm represents the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Industry Group (PAMCIG), the largest Pennsylvania-focused MMO trade association, which provides us with a deeper understanding of the practical challenges associated with the industry and the unique legal and business needs of its participants.

We provide strategic guidance and representation to growers/processors, dispensaries and related entities in the full range of legal matters impacting the medical marijuana industry, including:

  • Monitoring/advising on developing regulations
  • Permitting and the application processes
  • Government affairs
  • Entity formation and investment matters
  • Licensing and regulatory compliance
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Litigation – hearings and appeals
  • Employment policies, contracts and employee training
  • Real estate, land use, zoning and leasing
  • Intellectual property and privacy
  • Tax
  • Criminal defense

We also provide advice to other industry clients regarding the impact of the medical marijuana legislation on their businesses and operations.