Podcast – C&G’s “The Public Forum” – An inside look at the medical marijuana industry – September 13, 2017

In case you missed the talk, here is the September 13, 2017 podcast.

Our host was Nello Giorgetti with guests, Gabe Perlow, CEO of PurePenn and Mayor Mike Cherepko, City of McKeesport

Our next Cohen & Grigsby show will air on November 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Listen and hear local, state and federal perspectives.

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Tonight on “The Public Forum”- An inside look at the medical marijuana industry

The Public Forum is a bi‑monthly KQV Radio Talk Show where Cohen & Grigsby Lobbyists and various guests discuss hot issues impacting Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and the business community.

Our host for tonight’s show is Nello Giorgetti with guests, Gabe Perlow, CEO of PurePenn and Mayor Mike Cherepko, City of McKeesport.

We hope you will listen tonight at 7:00 PM at 1410 AM, KQV.

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If you have questions please contact Michelle Vezzani at MVezzani@cohenlaw.com or the public affairs professional with whom you work.

Pennsylvania awards permits for companies go grow medical marijuana

Ben Schmitt | Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Trib Live

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health awarded permits Tuesday to 12 companies that applied to grow marijuana to help treat serious medical conditions.

The recipients, which have six months to begin operating, include PurePenn LLC in McKeesport and AGRiMED Industries of Pennsylvania LLC in Cumberland Township, Greene County.

“We’re pleased that (state officials) recognized PurePenn’s business sense and equally strong mission to bring the highest-quality products to patients,” said PurePenn CEO Gabe Perlow, a Pittsburgh attorney.

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Awarded permits for companies to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

On Tuesday June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania’s Department of Health awarded permits to 12 companies, out of 177 total applicants, to grow medical marijuana in the state. Permittees have 6 months to begin operating. For a full list of permits issued click here. It is anticipated that the state will announce the 27 dispensary permits by the end of June.

Podcast – Nello Giorgetti on the Live-Line with P.J. Maloney on KQV 1410 – February 21, 2017

In case you missed it, on February 21, 2017, Nello Giorgetti was interviewed by P.J. Maloney on their daily show, the Live-Line, to discuss the current status of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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Podcast – C&G’s “The Public Forum” on KQV 1410 – April 22, 2016

In case you missed it, here is the Podcast from our two minute drive time segment that aired on Friday, April 22, 2016, on KQV 1410, “Welcome to the 21st Century,” by Nello Giorgetti.

Our next segment will air on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 8:12 a.m. and 5:12 p.m.

For a summary of the PA Medical Marijuana Act, please click here.  Please note that this summary is not an exhaustive summary of Act 16 of 2016 (the “Act”). This summary is for communication purposes only. Click here for a complete review of the Act.

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Today on “The Public Forum” on KQV Radio 1410

The Public Forum is a two minute drive time segment that will air every other Friday on KQV 1410 and will discuss current topics impacting Harrisburg, D.C. and the business community.

Today’s topic is “Welcome to the 21st Century,” by Nello Giorgetti.  Listen this morning at 8:12 a.m. or this afternoon at 5:12 p.m. on KQV Radio 1410.

We hope you will listen!!!

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If you have questions please contact Michelle Vezzani at mvezzani@cohenlaw.com or the public affairs professional with whom you work.

Podcast – C&G’s “The Public Forum” on KQV 1410 – March 25, 2016

In case you missed it, here is the Podcast from our two minute drive time segment that aired on Friday, March 25, 2016, on KQV 1410, “Everything You Wanted to Know about Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Law, but Didn’t Know to Ask,” by Nello Giorgetti.

Our next segment will air on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 8:12 a.m. and 5:12 p.m.

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If you have questions please contact Michelle Vezzani at MVezzani@cohenlaw.com or the public affairs professional with whom you work.

Today on “The Public Forum” on KQV Radio 1410

The Public Forum is a two minute drive time segment that will air every other Friday on KQV 1410 and will discuss current topics impacting Harrisburg, D.C. and the business community.

Today’s topic is “Everything You Wanted to Know about Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Law, but Didn’t Know to Ask,” by Nello Giorgetti and will air at 8:12 a.m. and 5:12 p.m.

We hope you will listen!!!

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If you have questions please contact Michelle Vezzani at MVezzani@cohenlaw.com or the public affairs professional with whom you work.

Medical Marijuana Advancement in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania could soon be joining many other states and Washington DC in legalizing the use of medical marijuana. We are getting very close to passing landmark legislation for medical cannabis, and we have a new Governor who has been vocally supportive of signing legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Earlier this year the Senate passed legislation, Senate Bill 3 (SB3), that would create a medical marijuana program within the State. It would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana-derived substances to treat a dozen conditions, including cancer, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis to name a few. While it does not propose full access like Maine, Michigan or other states, it does allow a limited number of cannabis products, such as oils and topical creams – to be prescribed for a list of conditions.

Polls consistently show the vast majority of Americans support allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes with their doctors’ approval. In fact, there is near 90 percent support for medical marijuana among Pennsylvania residents. While SB3 stalled in the House, a task force was recently formed in order to work on a bill that would create a program to gain strong, bi-partisan support in the House.

In addition to a myriad of health benefits, it is no secret that the legalization of marijuana would also offer tremendous economic paybacks for Pennsylvania as well. Tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries has been giving other state and local budgets a much needed boost. Oakland, California, for example, received $1.4 million, or 3 percent of the city’s total business tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries last year according to a The New York Times report. We now have tangible evidence that a well-regulated medical marijuana program creates numerous economic benefits that provide bountiful rewards to states. SB 3 calls a six percent “surcharge” which would be paid before the medical marijuana is purchased by the patient, which could provide a much need bolster to Pennsylvania’s budget. Other states with similar programs have seen significant job creation and a decrease in marijuana prohibition costs.

After months of research and meetings, the bi-partisan task force made up of 14 House members recently sent its conclusions to House majority leader Dave Reed. The conclusions gave guidelines for how a potential medical marijuana program could be implemented, including recommending it to be used to treat 14 diseases. These recommendations will be used to draft the House bill. However complicated, the unresolved state-budget issue still remains the top priority with no light at the end of the tunnel.

by Kim Hileman

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