Pennsylvania Marijuana Information
In April of 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a measure to legalize the manufacture and use of medical marijuana for qualified patients. It is anticipated that the state’s Medical Marijuana Program will become fully operational between 18 and 24 months. The bill will allow the licensing of up to 25 marijuana growers and processors, and up to 150 dispensaries. In order to participate, patients must first get a recommendation from an approved list of physicians. The following is a list of qualifying conditions for patients to receive cannabis therapy:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Parkinson’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- inflammatory bowel disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- intractable seizures
- sickle cell anemia
- neuropathic pain or severe chronic or intractable pain that is untreatable
- and/or any terminal illness
The new law has imposed a limit on the type of medical cannabis that will be allowed. Initially the only forms allowed will be creams, gels, oils, pills, ointments, tinctures, liquid and non-whole plant forms for administration through vaporization. Dispensaries will also be prohibited from selling edibles, but medical marijuana products can be mixed into food or drinks to help patients more easily ingest the cannabis. The law will also allow the use of vaporization, but not smoking, of product.
Is Marijuana legal in Pennsylvania?
Yes, medical marijuana is legal for qualified patients suffering from terminal illness or other identified diseases or symptoms. Click here for a full list of “serious medical conditions” under the new law. The law also restricts the form in which cannabis can be used to the following: pill, oil, topical gels, creams, ointments, tincture, liquid and a medically appropriate form administered by vaporization or nebulization.
Recreational marijuana use continues to be illegal at this time.
Can I get my Medical Card if I am not Pennsylvania resident?
No, patients must be Pennsylvania residents. Those who are registered for medical marijuana in another state are not allowed to register for participation in the Pennsylvania program.
Where can I buy it?
The State of Pennsylvania is expected to take 18-24 months from the time of approval in April, 2016, to fully implement its Medical Marijuana Program. Continue to check the Pennsylvania Department of Health website for its most current update.
What do you need to purchase cannabis in a marijuana shop?
As of May 2016, commonwealth residents of the State of Pennsylvania with “severe medical conditions” as defined by Pennsylvania’s Act 16 (Medical Marijuana Program) and who are certified by their doctor will be allowed to purchase medical marijuana from State-approved dispensaries. The State has 18-24 month to enact the law. As of yet, there are no state-license dispensaries that are operational.
How much will it cost?
No one wants to have to participate in the illegal market. Get involved by urging your legislators to support the legalization of medical marijuana.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?
No. All medical marijuana products purchased in Pennsylvania must be consumed in Pennsylvania. Carrying marijuana across state lines violates federal law.
When will state licensed recreational stores open up?
As of yet, the State of Pennsylvania has not legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Get involved by urging your legislators to support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level until marijuana is rescheduled nation-wide.
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.
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