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Not Decriminalized

Medical Marijuana (1)

Medical since 2014

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Not Recreational

Pennsylvania Governing Body Information

  • Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program

2019 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

As Pennsylvania is still rolling out its medical marijuana regulations, regulations that have been provided by the Board are minimal.

Some of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana labeling requirements are listed here:

Packaging must be:

  • Child-proof or child-resistant
  • Tamper-proof or tamper-evident with the use of a seal
  • Light-resistant, opaque, or both
  • Re-sealable
  • Be tamper-resistant and weather-resistant

Labels must:

  • Be easy to read
  • Contain the unique identifier number of the grower/processor
  • Include the date that the medical marijuana was package
  • Contain the employee identification number (EIN) of the employee who prepared the package and/or packaged the marijuana
  • Contain the employee identification number of the employee shipping the package (if different from the employee who packaged the medical marijuana)
  • List the date of expiry on the label
  • Include written instructions for how to store the medical marijuana
  • Contain the name (trading name and legal name) of the dispensary where the package will be sold
  • Must contain the following statement: “This product is for medicinal use only. Women should not consume during pregnancy or while breastfeeding except on the advice of the practitioner who issued the certification and, in the case of breastfeeding, the infant’s pediatrician. This product might impair the ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Keep out of reach of children”
  • Contain a warning that medical marijuana must be kept in the original package or container in which it was dispensed in
  • Contain a warning that unauthorized use is illegal and any using the medical marijuana who is unauthorized to do so may face criminal penalties
  • Be tamper-resistant and weather-resistant
  • Be conspicuously placed on the package
  • Include the name, address and permit number of the grower/processor
  • List the kind and form of medical marijuana in the package
  • List the quantity and weight of the marijuana in the package
  • List the number of individual doses contained in the package
  • List the species and percentage of THC and CBD in the package

Labels must also include the concentrations of THC and CBF including:

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA)
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
  • Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
  • Cannabidivarin/ Cannabidivarine (CBDV)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Any other cannabinoid ingredient or component that is greater than 0.1% of the total volume of the cannabis product

Labels and packages must NOT:

  • Resemble any other commercially-available product
  • Resemble trademarked packaging of any food or beverage products
  • Contain statements, artwork, graphics, or design that could lead someone to believe that the package contains anything other than medical marijuana
  • Contain any seal, flag, crest, coat of arms or other logo or sign that could lead someone to believe that the marijuana product has been endorsed, manufactured, or approved for use by any state, county, municipality, agency, institution, or region.
  • Contain any graphics, cartoons, or characters that would appeal to children
  • Contain any color schemes that would appeal to children

For important updates to Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana labeling and packaging laws, bookmark this page as we continuously update our pages with packaging information for retailers, packagers, and growers.

2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update

In Pennsylvania, cannabis is illegal for recreational use. In some major cities, possession of small amounts is decriminalized. In 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania decriminalized marijuana and two years later, Pittsburgh and State College, Pennsylvania did the same. In April 2016, the governor legalized medicinal cannabis.

In the Keystone State, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a minimum sentence of 30 days and a maximum sentence of one year. If you’re convicted more than once, it can lead to a double penalty. Selling less than 30g is a misdemeanor, as well, however selling more than 30 is classified as a felony along with growing any number of plants.

Medical Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania

In the state of Pennsylvania the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program controls the regulations on medicinal distribution. A patient can utilize medicinal marijuana if they have a qualifying condition such as glaucoma, cancer, neuropathies, Parkinson’s disease, a terminal illness, or sickle cell anemia to name a few. Patients can possess a thirty day supply of cannabis-infused items: polls, oils, ointments, tinctures, or liquids. Home cultivation isn’t an option, but those in need of medical cannabis are allowed to have caregivers handle their product.

Retail Cannabis Business Rules in Pennsylvania

Retailers are allowed 25 growers and processors and up to 50 dispensaries. These dispensaries can operate three individual locations. At the current moment, there are no operational dispensaries in the state of Pennsylvania. Because there are no dispensaries, the state allows a parent or guardian of a minor to legally obtain marijuana from another state and administer it to the minor under Section 2106 of the law.

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