On April 17, 2016 Medical Marijuana Act was signed, making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The Department of Health will begin issuing temporary regulations from November 17 and make permit application for dispensaries, growers, and processors available.

Pennsylvania Cannabis Cultivation

The department is allowed to issue permits initially for no more than 25 growers/processors.

The application process requires an applicant to:

1. Apply for a permit with the department before growing\processing marijuana:

  • business plan with description of business organization and activities;
  • federal and state criminal background check;
  • statement indicating the applicant is of good moral character;
  • ability to maintain effective security and control to prevent diversion, abuse or other illegal conduct.

3. Complete a two-hour training course.

4. Submit a permit application with:

  • initial non-refundable fee of $10,000
  • permit fee of $200,000, which is refundable if the permit is not granted; and
  • proof of $2 million in capital ($500,000 of which must be on deposit in a financial institution).

Pennsylvania Cannabis Dispensary

The department will issue permits initially for no more than 50 dispensaries. Each dispensary may have no more than three separate locations.

The application process requires an applicant to:

1. Apply for a permit with the department before dispensing marijuana.

2. Complete a two-hour training course.

3. Submit a permit application with:

  • initial non-refundable fee of $5,000
  • permit fee of $30,000, which is refundable if the permit is not granted; and
  • proof of $150,000 in capital.

To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:

Draft a Pre-Legalization Cannabis Company Business Plan so you can see and understand the costs associated with setting up a cannabis business, as well as projected revenues and financials that will allow you to decide whether this venture is for you or not.

Acquire the pre-legalization version until the regulations are officially released. Clients use our business plans for fundraising as well as submitting and getting approval from the state, city and county licensing departments.

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