Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

343,634
Registered Patient Population
2.68%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
143
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
2,403 : 1
Patients : Retail

Medical Cannabis is legal in Pennsylvania, however home cultivation is not. Patients and caregivers may purchase up to a 30 day supply from dispensaries. Pennsylvania does not recognize out of state medical cannabis cards. Patients report few dispensaries and high prices as barriers to access.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 80/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 10/20
Parental Rights Protections 20/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Employment Protections 20/20
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 50/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 10/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 15/20
- Authorizes Delivery 5/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 10/10
Personal Cultivation 0/15
Collective Gardening 0/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 25/30
Reciprocity 0/20
Program Functionality 91/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 14/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 10/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 10/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 15/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 20/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 4/5
- Background Checks 1/2
- Number of Caregivers 3/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 3/5
Access to Administration Methods 10/10
- Allows Dried Flower 5/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 5/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 5/5
Affordability 58/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 20/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 18/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 20/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 0/10
Health and Social Equity 43/100   
State Program Protections 20/25
Housing Protections 0/25
Access for Minors 10/10
Access in Underserved Areas 4/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 9/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 0/10
Organ Transplants 0/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 0/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 148/200   
Total 36/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 7/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 1/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 2/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 1/2
Required Testing 8/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 1/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Foreign Matter 1/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 1/3
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 7/7
Total 32/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 9/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 1/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 0/1
- Foreign Matter 1/1
- Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 1/5
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 0/1
- Allergens 0/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 5/5
Total 40/50
Staff Training 20/20
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Product Testing 0/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 0/5
- COA Disclosure 0/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 13/13
Total 40/50
Independent or Third-Party 5/5
Laboratory Sampling 5/5
Method Validation 4/4
Quality Management Systems 5/5
Staff Training 10/20
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Sample Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Result Reporting 4/4
Score Penalties 15/95   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 0/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 0/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 0/10
Requires Vertical Integration 5/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 10/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 0/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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