CHAPTER 1230a. PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
A. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS
B. FORMAL PROCEEDINGS
SUBCHAPTER A. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS
1230a.24. Filing generally.
1230a.25. Effective date of adjudication, actions or order.
The provisions of this Chapter 1230a added under section 301(a)(3) and (b) of the Medical Marijuana Act (35 P.S. § 301(a)(3) and (b)), unless otherwise noted.
The provisions of this Chapter 1230a added March 3, 2023, effective March 4, 2023, 53 Pa.B. 1275, unless otherwise noted.
This chapter cited in 28 Pa. Code § 1141a.35 (relating to notice of denial); 28 Pa. Code § 1141a.47 (relating to general penalties and sanctions); 28 Pa. Code § 1171a.38 (relating to appeals); 28 Pa. Code § 1181a.33 (relating to appeals); 28 Pa. Code § 1191a.33 (relating to appeals); and 28 Pa. Code § 1211a.37 (relating to appeals).
§ 1230a.21. Scope.
(a) This chapter governs practice and procedure before the Department in medical marijuana appeals and in any action taken by the Office under the act.
(b) This chapter is not applicable to a proceeding to the extent that the applicable statute governing or authorizing the proceeding sets forth inconsistent practice or procedure.
(c) Except when inconsistent with this chapter, 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure) is applicable insofar as it relates to adjudicatory proceedings.
§ 1230a.22. Definitions.
(a) The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ActThe Medical Marijuana Act (35 P.S. § § 10231.10110231.2110).
ClerkThe Departments Docket Clerk in the Office of Legal Counsel.
DepartmentThe Department of Health.
OfficeThe Departments Office of Medical Marijuana.
PersonAn individual, partnership, association, corporation, political subdivision, municipal authority or other entity.
§ 1230a.23. Docket.
(a) The Clerk has the following duties:
(1) Provide information as to practice and procedure before the Department, under this chapter.
(2) Receive and docket pleadings and other documents required by the Department to be filed with the Clerk.
(b) A filing shall be directed to the Clerk at the following address, by first class mail, postage prepaid: Department of Health, Office of Legal Counsel, ATTN: Docket Clerk Room 825, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0701.
(c) Pleadings, submittals or other documents required or permitted to be filed under this chapter, the regulations of the Department or any other provision of law shall be received for filing by the Clerk within the time limits, if any, for the filing. The date of receipt by the Clerk and not the date of deposit in the mail is determinative. Electronic submissions will not be accepted by the Clerk for filing, unless the electronic filing is specifically permitted by the Department.
(d) The Clerk shall maintain a docket of proceedings. Each proceeding as initiated will be assigned a docket number.
(e) The docket will be available for inspection and copying by the public, at the requestors expense, during the office hours of the Department insofar as consistent with the proper discharge of the duties of the Department.
(f) Subsections (a)(e) supersede 1 Pa. Code § § 33.11 and 33.51 (relating to execution; and docket).
§ 1230a.24. Filing generally.
(a) Pleadings and other documents filed with the Clerk must clearly designate the docket number, if one has been assigned, the application or permit number, if one has been assigned, and a short title identifying the pleading or other document. The identity of the individual or person filing the pleading or other document, including the name, mailing address and status (for example, party or attorney for a party) must appear on the pleading or other document being filed.
(b) If a pleading or other document tendered for filing does not comply with this chapter, does not sufficiently set forth required material or is otherwise deficient, the Department may decline to accept the pleading or other document for filing and may return it without filing, or the Department may accept the pleading or other document for filing and advise the individual or person tendering it of the deficiency and require that the deficiency be corrected within a reasonable period of time.
(c) The Department may require redundant, immaterial, obscene or otherwise inappropriate comments stricken from a pleading or other document before accepting it for filing.
§ 1230a.25. Effective date of adjudication, actions or order.
(a) An adjudication, action or order will be effective as of the date of mailing unless otherwise specifically provided.
§ 1230a.26. Representation.
(a) A party, except an individual appearing on their own behalf, shall be represented by an attorney at all stages of the proceedings subsequent to the filing of the Notice of Appeal or order to show cause.
(b) A corporation shall be represented by an attorney of record admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. A corporation may also be represented by an attorney in good standing and admitted to practice before the highest court of another State on a motion pro hac vice filed by the Pennsylvania attorney of record.
(c) A group of individuals acting in concert, whether formally or informally, shall be represented by an attorney admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania or by an attorney in good standing admitted to practice before the highest court of another state who has made a motion to appear pro hoc vice and has agreed in that motion to abide by the rules and regulations of the Department and 204 Pa.Code Ch. 81 (relating to Rules of Professional Conduct).
(d) An individual may appear in person on his own behalf. The individual is encouraged to appear through counsel. If the Department determines that the individual is acting in concert with or as a representative of a group of individuals, the individual may be required to appear through counsel under subsection (c).
(e) Subsections (a)(d) supersede 1 Pa. Code § § 31.2131.23 (relating to appearance in person; appearance by attorney; and other representation prohibited at hearings).
SUBCHAPTER B. FORMAL PROCEEDINGS
1230a.38. Commencement, form and content of Notice of Appeal.
1230a.39. Timeliness of Notice of Appeal.
1230a.43. Orders to show cause, orders or petitions filed by the Office.
1230a.44. Answers to orders to show cause, orders or petitions filed by the Office.
1230a.45. Verifications and affidavits.
1230a.46. Entry of default judgment.
§ 1230a.38. Commencement, form and content of Notice of Appeal.
(a) An appeal from an action of the Office shall start with the filing of a Notice of Appeal with the Department.
(b) The caption of a Notice of Appeal must be in the following form:
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Name of Appellant : Docket No.:
Address of Appellant : Telephone Number of Appellant, : Appellant/Petitioner, : v. : : The Pennsylvania Department of Health, : : Office of Medical Marijuana, : Appellee/Respondent. :
NOTICE OF APPEAL
(c) The Notice of Appeal must set forth the name, mailing address, e-mail address, permit number or application number, if one has been assigned, and telephone number of the appellant. If the appellant is represented by an attorney, the Notice of Appeal shall be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorneys individual name.
(d) If the appellant has received written notification of an action of the Office, a copy of the action must be attached to the Notice of Appeal.
(e) The Notice of Appeal must set forth in separate numbered paragraphs the specific objections to the action of the Office. The objections may be factual or legal.
(f) The Notice of Appeal must be typewritten on letter-size paper (approximately 8 to 8 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 to 11 inches) and pages after the first must be numbered. Photocopies will be accepted as typewritten, provided that the copies are legible. Failure to comply with these requirements will not result in rejection or dismissal of the Notice of Appeal. The Department may request that the appellant file an amended version of the Notice of Appeal in proper form.
(g) The appellant shall, concurrent with or prior to the filing of a Notice of Appeal, serve two copies on the Departments Office of Legal Counsel in the same manner in which the Notice of Appeal is filed with the Department.
§ 1230a.39. Timeliness of Notice of Appeal.
(a) Jurisdiction of the Department will not attach to an appeal from an action of the Office unless the Notice of Appeal is in writing and is timely filed with the Department within 30 days after the mailing date on the written notice of the action.
(b) An untimely Notice of Appeal may be deemed an admission or may be dismissed with prejudice by the Department.
(c) The Office may file an answer and new matter to the Notice of Appeal within 30 days of its service on the Office but is not required to do so.
(d) Subsection (a) supersedes 1 Pa. Code § § 35.535.7, 35.20 and 35.35.
§ 1230a.43. Orders to show cause, orders or petitions filed by the Office.
(a) The Office may start an action by filing an order to show cause, order or other petition filed by the Office and a notice of a right to respond or defend. The action is begun when the order to show cause, order or other petition of the Office is filed with the Clerk.
(b) Service of the order to show cause, order or other petition filed by the Office shall be by personal service or by United States first class mail, postage prepaid. The date of service shall be the date specified on the certificate of service.
(c) An order to show cause must set forth the authority under which the Department is authorized to act and must set forth in separate numbered paragraphs the specific facts and circumstances upon which the request for action is based.
(d) The notice of a right to respond or defend shall conform substantially to the following format:
If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within 30 days after this order to show cause and notice are served by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the Clerk in accordance with § 1230a.23 (relating to docket) your answers, defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so, the case may proceed without you, and a judgment may be entered against you by the Department without further notice for any claim or relief requested by the Office. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once.
§ 1230a.44. Answers to orders to show cause, orders or other petitions filed by the Office.
(a) Answers to orders to show cause, orders or other petitions filed by the Office shall be filed with the Clerk within 30 days after the date of service of the order to show cause, order or other petition filed by the Office, unless, for cause, the Department, with or without motion, prescribes a different time.
(b) Answers to orders to show cause, orders or other petitions filed by the Office must set forth legal objections and any denial of facts in a single pleading.
(c) Answers must be in writing and drafted as to fully and completely advise the parties and the Department as to the nature of the defense, including affirmative defenses. Answers must admit or deny specifically and in detail each material allegation of the order to show cause, order or petition filed by the Office, and state clearly and concisely the facts and matters of law relied upon.
(d) A Respondent failing to file an answer within the prescribed time will be deemed in default and, upon motion made as set forth in § 1230a.46 (relating to entry of default judgment), all relevant facts in the order to show cause, order or other petition filed by the Office may be deemed admitted, and default judgment may be entered.
(e) New matter or preliminary objections may not be filed. To the extent that new matter or preliminary objections are filed, new matter or preliminary objections will be deemed stricken.
§ 1230a.45. Verifications and affidavits.
(a) Pleadings or other documents containing an averment of fact not appearing of record in the action or containing a denial of fact shall be personally verified by a party thereto or by an authorized officer of the party if a corporation or other business entity. Verification means a signed written statement of fact supported by oath or affirmation or made subject to the penalties of 18 Pa.C.S. § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities). If verification is required, notarization is not necessary.
(b) The verification form must comply substantially with the following format:
, hereby state that the facts above set forth are true and correct (or are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, information and belief). I understand that the statements herein are made subject to the penalties of 18 Pa.C.S. § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities).
(c) When an affidavit is used, the form should comply substantially with the following format:
(Affiant), being duly sworn (affirmed) according to law, depose and say that (I am authorized to make this affidavit on behalf of
corporation/business entity, being the holder of the office of
with that corporation/business entity, and that the facts above set forth are true and correct (or are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, information and belief).
(Signature of affiant)
Sworn and subscribed before me this
§ 1230a.46. Entry of default judgment.
(a) The Department, on motion of the Office, may enter default judgment against the Respondent for failure to file within the required time an answer to an Order to Show Cause, order or other petition allowed for under these regulations that contains a notice of a right to respond or defend.
(b) The Respondent may answer the motion for default judgment and request a hearing. If a request for a hearing on the default judgment is made, the Department may not grant default judgment prior to a hearing and the filing of an answer.
This section cited in 28 Pa. Code § 1230a.44 (relating to answers to orders to show cause, orders or other petitions filed by the Office).
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