Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

297,317
Registered Patient Population
2.32%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
80
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
3716 : 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 Protection 71/100   
Arrest Protection 40/40
Affirmative Defense 7/15
Parental Rights Protections 10/10
DUI Protections 0/5
Employment Protections 5/5
Explicit Privacy Standards 7/7
Housing Protections 0/5
Does Not Create New Criminal Penalties for Patients 2/5
Organ Transplants 0/5
Reciprocity 0/3
Access to Medicine 67/100   
Allows Distribution Programs 31/40
– Allows Access to Dried Flowers 12/15
– Allows Delivery 5/5
– No Sales Tax or Reasonable Sales Tax 4/5
– Allows for a Reasonable Number of Dispensaries 5/5
– Does Not Require Vertical Integration 2/2
– Ownership/Employment Restrictions 1/2
– Provisions for Labor Standards 0/2
– Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
– Choice of Dispensary Without Restrictions 2/2
Noncommercial Cultivation 0/20
– Personal Cultivation 0/15
– Collective Gardening 0/5
Explicit Right to Edibles/Concentrates/Other Forms 9/10
Does not Impose Bans or Limits on THC 10/10
Does not Impose Bans on CBD 10/10
Local Bans/Zoning 7/10
Comprehensive Qualifying Conditions 46/50
Adding New Conditions 9/10
– Law/Regulations Allow for New Conditions 5/5
– System Works for Adding New Conditions 4/5
Reasonable Access for Minors 9/10
Reasonable Caregiver Background Checks 2/4
Number of Caregivers 0/2
Patient/Practitioner-Focused Task Force or Advisory Board 2/2
Reasonable Fees (Patients and Caregivers) 9/10
Allows Multiple-Year Registrations 0/2
Reasonable Physician Requirements 3/5
Does Not Classify Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 4/5
Functionality 84/100   
Patients Able to Access Medicine at Dispensaries or by Cultivation 45/50
No Significant Administrative or Supply Problems 14/15
Patients Can Receive Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame of Doctor's Recommendation 7/10
Reasonable Possession Limits 4/5
Reasonable Purchase Limits 4/5
Allows Patients to Medicate Where They Choose 5/5
Covered by Insurance/State Health Aid 0/3
Financial Hardship (Fee Waivers/Discount Medicine) 5/7
Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements 69.32/100   
Dispensing 15.67/25
Staff Training 3/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility Sanitary Conditions 1.25/1.25
– Storage Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1.25/1.25
– Inventory Control 1.25/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 5/5
Product Labeling 1.67/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 0/1.67
– Potency/Compound Identification 0/1.67
Required Testing 1/5
– Active Compound Identification 1/1.67
– Contaminants 0/1.67
– Potency 0/1.67
Grow/Cultivation 18.00/25.00
Staff Training 0/5
Standard Operating Procedures 5/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.71/0.71
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Storage Protocols (Short-Term and Long-Term Storage) 0.71/0.71
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0.71/0.71
– Disposal/Waste 0.71/0.71
– Water Management 0.71/0.71
Pesticide Guidance 5/5
– Pesticide Guidance 2.5/2.5
– Pesticide Labeling 2.5/2.5
Required Testing 3/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1/1.25
– Contaminants 1/1.25
– Potency 1/1.25
– Sample Retention 0/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 5/5
Manufacturing 15.67/25
Staff Training 0/5
Standard Operating Procedures 4/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 1/1
– Workforce Safety Protocols 1/1
– Storage Protocols 0/1
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1/1
– Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
Product Labeling 2.67/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 0/1.67
– Potency and Compound Information 1/1.67
Required Testing 4/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1/1
– Contaminants 1/1
– Potency 1/1
– Shelf Life Testing 1/1
– Sample Retention 0/1
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 5/5
Laboratory Operations 19.98/25
Staff Training 0/5
Method Validation in Accordance with AHP Guidelines 5/5
Result Reporting 5/5
Independent or Third Party 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols 4.98/5
– Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0.83/0.83
– Sample Tracking 0.83/0.83
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0.83/0.83
– Disposal/Waste 0.83/0.83
– Storage Protocols 0.83/0.83
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0.83/0.83
Covid Response 15/20   
Delivery Available? 1/6
Curbside Pickup Available? 2/2
Medical Cannabis Essential? 7/7
Telemedicine Available? 5/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2020 State of the States Report.

In This Section

Becoming a Caregiver, Producer, or Provider in Pennsylvania

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.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

On April 17, 2016, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law SB 3, Pennsylvania’s compassionate medical cannabis legislation.

Recommending Cannabis in Pennsylvania

Before a doctor can recommend 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.

Becoming a Patient in Pennsylvania

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.

The State of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

The State of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania