Pennsylvania Marijuana Penalties

Updated on April 26, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania, but it remains a controlled substance. Pennsylvania marijuana laws call for penalties for possessing, manufacturing, selling, or distributing marijuana.

Penalties for Possession

Possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less incurs a penalty of a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Possession of more than 30 grams brings a maximum fine of $5,000 and a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

For a first-time conviction, the offender may get a conditional release with one year of probation. If a person is convicted for a second time, the penalty may be doubled.

Penalties for Sale or Distribution

Distributing 30 grams of marijuana or less without receiving any compensation is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days’ imprisonment. Selling more than 30 grams is a felony that may result in a $15,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Offenders with prior drug convictions are subject to the maximum penalty. The court may also claim the proceeds of the drug crime by increasing the fines beyond the maximum penalty.

Selling or distributing 1,000 pounds or more is a felony that may lead to incarceration for up to 10 years and a maximum fine of $100,000. A subsequent conviction attracts double the penalty. The penalty may also be doubled if the sale is to a minor, and the court may increase the fines to ensure the offender forfeits the proceeds of the crime.

Delivery or sale of any amount of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school or within 250 feet of a playground is punishable by a prison sentence of two to four years. Distributing cannabis to a minor is a felony, and penalties double.


Cultivating cannabis, even without the intention of selling or distributing it, is a felony that can result in a prison term of two and a half to five years and fines of up to $15,000.

Who Can Use Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania?

Only patients with qualifying medical conditions can legally access and use cannabis for therapeutic purposes. To get certified to use medical marijuana and obtain a marijuana ID card, a patient must get a recommendation from a registered medical doctor.

Find Qualified Marijuana Doctors and Dispensaries in Pennsylvania

The right treatment begins with the right medical marijuana provider. Whether you’re looking for a marijuana doctor to give you a prescription or a cannabis clinic from which you can select your recommended dose, we want to help you make the choice that is right for you. Our online search system makes it easy and efficient to find the right cannabis doctor, in the right location.

Use our online search system today to begin your partnership with a qualified medical marijuana provider. When you find one who’s the right fit, take the next step and make an appointment through our convenient online booking system.

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