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DEA relaxes rules for the only federally approved drug derived from marijuana

On Monday, the DEA notified GW Pharma that it no longer considered Epidiolex a controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substance Act.

‘It looks like hell.’ Coronavirus has Philly businesses boarding up as if bracing for a hurricane

Large swaths of Philadelphia’s business districts are battening the hatches, throwing up three-quarter-inch plywood to protect their enterprises from whatever social unrest may come with the pandemic.

Pennsylvania marijuana grower sold to controversial Arizona weed giant

Harvest Inc., one of the nation’s largest marijuana companies, completed a $25.5 million purchase of a Pennsylvania cannabis grower with ties to an associate of Gov. Tom Wolf.

News industry resorts to layoffs, cutbacks as ad revenues plunge during coronavirus pandemic

Ad sales, the life blood of most traditional news organizations, have fallen by between 30 and 50 percent in the recent weeks as businesses temporarily closed.

Coronavirus is already having a ‘stunning’ impact on unemployment in Pa.

The economic bleeding from the coronavirus pandemic is already well underway in Pennsylvania. And it's going to get worse before it gets better.

New Jersey allows curbside service at medical marijuana dispensaries during coronavirus pandemic

The state also reduced the fee to become a caregiver from $100 to $20.

Pennsylvania relaxes medical marijuana rules, allowing for curbside pickup and de facto home delivery for the first time

The relaxed regulations will continue as long as the governor's emergency proclamation is in effect.

Long lines and 3-hour waits as medical marijuana sales surge in Pa., N.J.

Lines of patients reportedly snaked around many dispensaries this past week.

Philly’s Pew Charitable Trusts, a $6 billion philanthropy, names new CEO

Susan K. Urahn, the nonprofit’s current executive vice president and chief program officer, will take over as president and CEO beginning July 1.

Pa. marijuana dispensaries call for volunteer ‘caregivers,' ask state to allow home deliveries

One dispensary owner said she would pay the state fees for 100 volunteer caregivers.