Pennsylvania’s ambitious plan to become the national center for medical marijuana research just can’t get off the ground.
In the latest setback for the program, the state Department of Health on Wednesday rejected the applications of all eight marijuana growers who had planned to partner with the state’s medical schools. Regulators said the applications were riddled with mistakes and missing information.
The Wolf administration said it would open a second round of applications in early 2019. A statement issued by the Department of Health said none of the applicants — which include some of the nation’s most successful cannabis cultivators — “met the rigorous requirements of the competitive application review process.”
Several industry experts said the rejections could hold up research indefinitely.
“Eight billionaire groups who have spent the last four years trying to situate themselves as medical marijuana kingpins in the state have just been told ‘No,'” said Andrew Sacks, cochair of the…