Pennsylvania Legal Information
The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act (SB 3), was signed by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016, creating the state’s medical marijuana program. The program will allow patients to obtain medical cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries. The program initially includes 17 qualifying conditions.
Prior to the opening of dispensaries, pediatric patients and parent/legal guardian caregivers can apply for safe harbor exemptions for possessing and using medical cannabis prior to the opening of dispensaries. The state Department of Health (DOH) has provided guidelines for patients seeking safe harbor. Physician must take a training course before being eligible to recommend medical cannabis under SB 3.
The state DOH has issued temporary regulations for dispensaries and has offered the public the opportunity to comment on them. The program will allow for 25 “grower/processor” licenses and 50 dispensary licenses. Each dispensary license may have three different locations, meaning there is a potential maximum of up to 150 dispensaries locations throughout state.
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Under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program, the state will authorize up to 150 dispensaries. Because the program is still being implemented, a full list of dispensaries is not yet available.
On April 17, 2016, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law SB 3, Pennsylvania’s compassionate medical cannabis legislation.
Before a doctor can prescribe medical cannabis, he or she must have a valid license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania, register with DOH, complete a four-hour course about medical cannabis, and report back to DOH if a patient no longer needs access to medical cannabis as a result of improved health or death.
To purchase medical marijuana, a patient will need to be under the continuing care of a physician who is registered with DOH. The physician may then provide a signed certification to the patient stating that the patient has a serious medical condition.