Group asks court to halt state's medical marijuana program, citing flaws in selection process

One week before Pennsylvanians gain access to medical marijuana, an unsuccessful applicant for one of the state-issued dispensary permits is asking for a do-over that would bring the state medical marijuana program to a screeching halt.

Keystone ReLeaf LLC, based in Bethlehem in Lehigh and Northampton counties, says the state Department of Health’s process for determining who won the coveted permits to operate medical marijuana dispensaries and grower/processor facilities was “flawed, inequitable and unconstitutional.”

Attorney Steve Schain of the Philadelphia law firm Hoban Law Group, who has represented both winning and unsuccessful permit applicants but is not party to the Keystone ReLeaf dispute, said this week that the filing “has a terrific chance of being tossed out on procedural grounds. He added that “denying sick people medicine far outweighs any ‘injury’ Keystone ReLeaf can claim.”

“Pennsylvanians have little to worry about.”