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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

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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