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Week of January 2, 2017
Pennsylvania’s Incoming State Senators
On January 3, 2017, the newly elected Senators will be sworn in.
Senator-elect John DiSanto: 15th Senatorial
District – Dauphin (part) and Perry Counties
Senator-elect Wayne Langerholc: 35th Senatorial
District – Bedford, Cambria and Clearfield (part) Counties –
Senator-elect Daniel Laughlin: 4th Senatorial
District – Erie (part) County –
Senator-elect Scott Martin: 13th Senatorial
District – Lancaster (part) County –
Senator-elect Mike Regan: 31st Senatorial District
– Cumberland (part) and York (part) Counties
Senator-elect Sharif Street: 3rd Senatorial District – Philadelphia (part) County
U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Free Online Courses
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers
free online courses in starting and managing a business, financing, marketing
and more on the
Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members and Families
A new website is now available to help veterans, military members and their
families find services and benefits available by state and county. The
Network of Care is a one-stop
shop for a variety of important information relating to local, state and
national social services. Click “Select a Site” and “Pennsylvania” to find
services by county.
Applications for Medical Marijuana Grower/Processors and Dispensaries
PA Department of Health (DOH)
Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy announced the applications for medical marijuana
grower/processors and dispensaries will be available January 17th.
Permit applications will be accepted from February 20th to March 20th.
Secretary Murphy, “In the first phase of the program, there will be up to 12
permits issued for grower/processors across Pennsylvania’s six medical marijuana
regions, and up to 27 permits issued for dispensaries. The decision for which
counties will be issued permits in this first phase was determined by using the
medical data, as well as comments from more than 5,000 patients and nearly 900
potential grower/processors and dispensary applicants.” Questions about the
Medical Marijuana Program can be emailed to
further information is available on DOH’s
Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program Cost-Sharing Program
PA Department of Agriculture (PDA)
Secretary Russell Redding announced a cost-sharing program for the 2017
industrial hemp research growing season. Under the program,
PDA will award
$1,000 to hemp research program permit recipients to off-set administrative
costs. Applications will be available as early as spring 2017 through the PDA’s Bureau
of Market Development. Researchers who successfully completed a
permitted hemp research project are eligible to apply, as long as the researcher
has submitted a final report. Funding for the cost share comes from remaining
dollars in PDA’s
Agricultural Research appropriation and availability in future years depends on
Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program guidelines released on December 1st,
a maximum of 30 projects of five acres each will be selected for the 2017
growing season. PDA
will select projects based on their
application and quality of the research proposal, and will only approve
products or uses that would use hemp fiber, seed or oil derived from seed for
industrial purposes. The deadline to apply for the 2017
Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program is January 6, 2017.
Applications will be reviewed, and those applicants who are tentatively
approved for research projects will be notified by February 17, 2017.
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