What Every Lawyer Should Know About Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act

Sigalle Barness | August 31, 2017

In April 2016, with the passage of Act 16: Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, Pennsylvania began regulating medical marijuana.  Eager to ensure attorneys were properly educated on this matter, Lawline enlisted attorney William Roark, one of the first Pennsylvania attorneys to tackle the nuances of Pennsylvania’s new law, to discuss the law’s implementation. 

In the CLE course “Medical Marijuana in the Keystone State“, William explained describes a nuanced issue that affects any applicant in Pennsylvania interested in growing or processing medical marijuana:

Every applicant must provide a detailed plan for how they will grow and process the marijuana. The caveat? Nobody in Pennsylvania should know how to grow marijuana.

So ... what now? Watch the clip below or read on for a summary. 



In the clip, William says the answer is to “bring people that have an excuse for knowing how to legally grow marijuana.” There are a two ways a grower / processor can do so:

  1. Hire a consultant. These consultants provide applicants with the know-how, intellectual property, and detail plan Pennsylvania applicants need to grow and process marijuana. Just be wary and do your due diligence – as with all business, there are great and not so great consultants out there.
  2. Bring on someone already in the industry. If the applicant is lucky enough to know someone already in the industry, they can bring that individual on as part of their team – whether as a manager or part of an advisory board. That individual would then be able to competently and credibly explain how the applicant will grow and process marijuana.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, check out William’s full CLE program here.

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Written by Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is Lawline's Chief Operating Officer. Sigalle provides leadership and vision to ensure companies have the proper processes and people in place to effectively grow while ensuring financial strength, stability, and profitability. Sigalle approaches her work with respect, candor, and a balance of decisiveness and flexibility as she furthers the objectives of the company. Sigalle is also an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, asking questions, and all things food. She is also fluent in Hebrew and enjoys writing fiction, traveling and scuba diving. Sigalle provides business strategy and leadership to the company and directly manages Lawline’s accreditation, programming and production operations. Sigalle also analyzes market trends and applies insights to develop and execute written and video content including online educational programming, email marketing, social media campaigns, press releases, blog articles and large scale live events. Sigalle graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and holds a B.A. in English. She received her J.D. in 2010 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Sigalle is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. She is also an active member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), and is the former Chair of ACLEA’s Programming Special Interest Group (2013 – 2015) and National Provider Special Interest Group (2015 - 2017). Before joining Lawline in March 2012, Sigalle litigated civil claims in areas such as landlord tenant, breach of contract and tax lien and mortgage foreclosures actions. She also handled transactional matters such as drafting residential and commercial leases, demand letters, and client conflict waivers. Sigalle is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, asking questions and all things food. She is also fluent in Hebrew and enjoys writing fiction, traveling and scuba diving.


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