Updated on April 26, 2020.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2016, and is decriminalized in certain cities. Those include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania Marijuana Laws
- Recreational cannabis is not legal in Pennsylvania. An individual who is arrested for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana can be sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail and fined up to $500.
- In 2019, some 19,990 adults were arrested for possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis, down from almost 24,000 the year before, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
How to Get Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
- There are several qualifying conditions for which patients in Pennsylvania can obtain medical cannabis. These include Crohn’s disease; autism; glaucoma; sickle cell anemia; spasticity; chronic, severe pain; epilepsy; Parkinson’s disease; cancer; and HIV/AIDS.
- In order to recommend cannabis to a patient, a physician needs to complete a four-hour course and register with the state health department. He or she must sign a certificate stating that the patient not only has a qualifying condition, but also that the doctor believes that patient will be able to benefit from medical cannabis use.
- There are six forms of cannabis that patients can use: oils; pills; topicals such as creams, ointments, and gels; tinctures; liquids; and forms appropriate for vaporization or nebulization. Smoking of the plant is not allowed. While dispensaries are not allowed to sell edible forms of weed, the law allows patients to mix medicinal cannabis into drinks or food in order to help them ingest it.
- If you are a patient in another state, you are not allowed to access medical weed in Pennsylvania.
- The registration fee to become a licensed commercial grower or processor of medicinal cannabis in Pennsylvania is $200,000. The fee for commercial dispensaries is $30,000.
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