Updated on April 25, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
April 12 and April 13, 2016, Senate Bill 3 was approved by the Senate and the House and was signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) on April 17, 2016.
The bill legally removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed recommendation from their physician stating that marijuana “may mitigate” his/her debilitating medical symptoms.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is tasked with establishing and administering the state’s Medical Marijuana Program — the implementation of which, is expected to take between 18 and 24 months. Practitioners can complete the Practitioner Registry to begin participating in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program as of July 2017.
SB 3 requires all qualified patients with physician’s recommendations, register with the state DOH — upon registration, the patient will be issued with a Pennsylvania medical marijuana identification card, which may be used to purchase medical marijuana, from an authorized state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.
“The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program” — SENATE BILL 3
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL SESSION NO. 32015
INTRODUCED BY FOLMER, LEACH, TEPLITZ, WILEY, BLAKE, FONTANA, YUDICHAK, SCARNATI, BOSCOLA, YAW, ARGALL, SMITH, COSTA, FARNESE, WAGNER, BARTOLOTTA, WILLIAMS, TARTAGLIONE, VULAKOVICH, WHITE, SCHWANK, RAFFERTY, STEFANO, WOZNIAK, McGARRIGLE, BROWNE AND DINNIMAN, JANUARY 26, 2015
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE AMENDMENTS, APRIL 12, 2016
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM; PROVIDING FOR PATIENT AND CAREGIVER CERTIFICATION AND FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORGANIZATION REGISTRATION; IMPOSING DUTIES ON THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; PROVIDING FOR A TAX ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORGANIZATION GROSS RECEIPT; ESTABLISHING THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM FUND; ESTABLISHING THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVISORY BOARD; ESTABLISHING A MEDICAL MARIJUANA RESEARCH PROGRAM; IMPOSING DUTIES ON THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES; AND PROVIDING FOR ACADEMIC CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTERS AND FOR PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT.
2 CHAPTER 1. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS3 SECTION 101. SHORT TITLE.4 SECTION 102. DECLARATION OF POLICY.5 SECTION 103. DEFINITIONS.6 CHAPTER 3. PROGRAM7 SECTION 301. PROGRAM ESTABLISHED.8 SECTION 302. CONFIDENTIALITY AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE.9 SECTION 303. LAWFUL USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA.10 SECTION 304. UNLAWFUL USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA.11 CHAPTER 4. PRACTITIONERS12 SECTION 401. PRACTITIONER REGISTRATION.13 SECTION 402. PRACTITIONER RESTRICTIONS.14 SECTION 403. ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATION.15 SECTION 404. CERTIFICATION FORM.16 SECTION 405. DURATION.17 CHAPTER 5. PATIENTS18 SECTION 501. IDENTIFICATION CARDS.19 SECTION 502. CAREGIVERS.20 SECTION 503. NOTICE.21 SECTION 503.1. VERIFICATION.22 SECTION 504. SPECIAL CONDITIONS.23 SECTION 505. (RESERVED).24 SECTION 506. MINORS.25 SECTION 507. CAREGIVER AUTHORIZATION AND LIMITATIONS.26 SECTION 508. CONTENTS OF IDENTIFICATION CARD.27 SECTION 509. SUSPENSION.28 SECTION 510. PROHIBITIONS.29 CHAPTER 6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORGANIZATIONS30 SECTION 601. MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORGANIZATIONS.
SECTION 602. PERMITS. 2 SECTION 603. GRANTING OF PERMIT. 3 SECTION 604. NOTICE. 4 SECTION 605. (RESERVED). 5 SECTION 606. APPLICATION AND ISSUANCE. 6 SECTION 607. FEES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS. 7 SECTION 608. ISSUANCE. 8 SECTION 609. RELOCATION. 9 SECTION 610. TERMS OF PERMIT. 10 SECTION 611. (RESERVED). 11 SECTION 612. PERMIT RENEWALS. 12 SECTION 613. SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION. 13 SECTION 614. CONVICTIONS PROHIBITED. 14 SECTION 615. DIVERSITY GOALS. 15 SECTION 616. LIMITATIONS ON PERMITS. 16 CHAPTER 7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONTROLS 17 SECTION 701. ELECTRONIC TRACKING. 18 SECTION 702. GROWER/PROCESSORS. 19 SECTION 703. STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION. 20 SECTION 704. LABORATORY. 21 SECTION 705. PRICES. 22 CHAPTER 8. DISPENSARIES 23 SECTION 801. DISPENSING TO PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS. 24 SECTION 802. FACILITY REQUIREMENTS. 25 SECTION 803. POSTING. 26 CHAPTER 9. TAX ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA 27 SECTION 901. TAX ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA. 28 SECTION 902. MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM FUND. 29 CHAPTER 11. ADMINISTRATION 30 SECTION 1101. GOVERNING PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE.
Distribution or cultivation includes possession with intent to distribute or cultivate marijuana in the state of Ohio. Those who are arrested as a result of distribution or cultivation will be punished to the fullest extent of the law based on the marijuana penalties and guidelines in Ohio outlined below.