Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis dispensaries get the OK to sell flower for vaping, Oregon’s marijuana glut is hurting the state’s smaller growers, and MassRoots reveals that its losses widened to $44 million in 2017.
Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.
Positive in Pennsylvania
The announcement that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana dispensaries can sell dry leaf and flower for vaping is good news for the industry’s bottom line, according to a Keystone State MMJ business owner who is trying to build her company.
Corinne Ogrodnik, the CEO and co-founder of Pittsburgh-based Maitri Medicinals, said the allowance of flower will bring more patients into the program and help grow a market that could become one of the nation’s largest.
“It will be a more affordable product because we won’t have to be utilizing the equipment to process the flower and leaf into concentrates,” she said. “It will also require less intensive packaging.”
Ogrodnik also is hopeful that being able to offer flower will help her business get off the ground.
The restraints on Pennsylvania’s MMJ business owners make it a capital-intensive process, including costs for:
- Renovating properties
- Medical staff
“We were looking at a few years of lean times,” Ogrodnik said, “and (flower) is really going to enable us to fully implement our business plan with the anticipation of how the market is going to expand.”
Other medical marijuana markets that allow flower for vaping require the dry plant material to be offered in a prepackaged vaping device.
Ogrodnik said it’s unclear how Pennsylvania will regulate the sale and consumption of dry leaf and flower.
She hopes dispensaries will be able to sell whole flower, rather than prepackaged or preground plant matter, and patients are allowed to decide how they will vaporize it.
No matter how it plays out, Ogrodnik believes the program is moving in the right direction.
“It demonstrates that the Department of Health supports this program working, which then translates to the viability of our business,” she added.
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