NH lawmakers say more time needed on marijuana bill

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Legislation to permit doctors in New Jersey to authorize medical marijuana for any diagnosed condition took a step forward on Thursday. It will release regulations Friday morning and will make applications available April 5. According to the regulatory language, those grower/processors may also sell product to dispensaries licensed through the other seven clinical registrants, as well. Each region is getting two of the new grower/processor permits, with the 13th to go to whichever applicant scores highest in its state review. So, the Northeast region could get up to three more growing and processing operations.

All told, this will give Pennsylvania 50 marijuana dispensaries and 25 state-sanctioned growers of medical marijuana, said John Collins, director of the state Office of Medical Marijuana. No Lehigh Valley companies were issued permits to grow, but Lehigh and Northampton County each got one dispensary permit.

The Department of Health will begin to accept applications for commercial and research phase 2 permits April 5. The project must begin within six months of approval and ACRCs may partner with only one clinical registrant-with no overlap allowed. Mission Pennsylvania is expected to open a dispensary on Emmaus Avenue in Allentown later this year.

Each Pennsylvania medical school doing the research will work in tandem with a separate entity that will grow the marijuana for study use and dispense it to patients in the study. All must undergo permit renewal processes this summer.

A grower/processor application carries a $10,000 nonrefundable fee, and the permit costs $200,000 for one year and $10,000 to renew. More than 25,000 residents have registered for the drug, but so far, fewer than a third of them have received their ID cards. It would also remove the current requirement that physicians certify a patient for medical marijuana.

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The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission recently choose five groups throughout the state to open cultivation centers.

Each ACRC must be an accredited medical school in Pennsylvania that operates or partners with an acute care hospital licensed and operating within the state. The state will allow up to eight medical schools, which are each associated with a hospital and typically have a strong focus on research, to conduct research on medical marijuana. Medical schools must also file an application with the health department to be able to participate. The four based in Philadelphia - Drexel, Temple, Jefferson, and the University of Pennsylvania - have all expressed interest in conducting research, according to industry insiders. Clinical registrant applications will then be made available May 24, due July 12.

Because the ACRC will be merely looking over the shoulder of clinical registrants performing the actual research and are not directly involved with the studies, formal DEA approval is not needed. The state Department of Health is regulating the program, which forbids smoking marijuana in dry leaf form.

While medical schools in the USA have played a sideline role in marijuana research-mostly due to federal restrictions on the plant-the Pennsylvania program is a step toward a more formal integration between private industry and well-heeled academia.

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