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Fights Over Medical Marijuana Licenses Land in Pa. Court

September 8, 2017

The Legal Intelligencer
By Lizzy McLellan

Two aspiring medical marijuana companies have filed lawsuits against the Pennsylvania Department of Health over its medical cannabis licensing process. And one of them is seeking to take the permit awarded to another licensed grower/processor after its parent company was implicated in a criminal investigation.

In their petitions, filed Sept. 8 in the Commonwealth Court, BrightStar BioMedics and Keystone ReLeaf allege that the permitting process used by the department’s Office of Medical Marijuana was lacking transparency and did not provide an adequate avenue for appeals.

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“I think this calls into question the integrity of the entire process,” said Brightstar’s lawyer, Mark Sheppard of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads.

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