Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania Cannabis Laws

Medical cannabis is legal in Pennsylvania, but recreational marijuana is not. Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize cannabis for medical use, with the first licensed sales occurring in 2018. 

  • Medical Program Only

Medical Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania

2016 – Medical Marijuana Act SB 3

“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 receipts; 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.”

Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 to legalize the medical use of cannabis
A 5% tax rate was imposed on sales between growers, processors, and dispensaries.
No allowance for home cultivation was made.

Telehealth for Cannabis in Pennsylvania

Telehealth is temporarily legal for online medical cannabis consultations in Pennsylvania. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Pennsylvania

Cannabis Laws and Children in Pennsylvania

You must be aged 18 or older in order to get an MMJ card for yourself in Pennsylvania. Those under 18 years-old must have a caregiver. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. You cannot be a caregiver if you have been convicted of a criminal offense relating to the sale or possession of drugs, narcotics or controlled substances within the last five years. Caregivers may provide care for up to five patients.

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act allows parents to come to school to administer medical cannabis to their child if necessary. The school shall provide a secure and private location for the parent/legal guardian/caregiver to administer the medical marijuana to the student.

Cannabis Possession Limits in Pennsylvania

  • For medical card holders = 30 day supply, to be determined upon consultation.
  • For recreational users  = Illegal

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Pennsylvania

It is illegal to grow cannabis in Pennsylvania, even with a valid medical marijuana certificate and card.

Cannabis and Gun Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania statute allows for a citizen of the Commonwealth to hold a validly issued Medical Marijuana Card, possess approved forms of medical marijuana and have a valid license to carry firearms, but it is still illegal under federal law.

Cannabis and Employment Law in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s law does not require employers to “make any accommodation of the use of medical marijuana on the property or premises of any place of employment.” Employers are able to discipline you for using medical marijuana in the workplace, or for being “under the influence” of cannabis.

Local Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania

Municipality Date Policy Reform
Philadelphia September 2014 City council voted 13–3 to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $25 fine.
Pittsburgh December 2015 City council voted 7–2 to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $25 fine.
Harrisburg July 2016 City council voted unanimously to decriminalize small amounts, punishable by a $75 fine.
State College August 2016 City council voted 5–2 to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $250 fine
York July 2017 City council voted 4–1 to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $100 fine.
Erie January 2018 City council voted unanimously to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $25 fine.
Allentown May 2018 City council voted 4–3 to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $25 fine for a first offense.
Bethlehem June 2018 City council voted 6–0 to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $25 fine for a first offense.
Lancaster September 2018 City council voted 6–1 to decriminalize small amounts, punishable by a $25 fine for a first offense.
Steelton March 2019 Borough council voted 5-0 to decriminalize up to 30 grams for a first offense, punishable by a $25–$100 fine.
Delaware County November 2020 County council voted unanimously to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $50 fine.
Carlisle December 2020 Borough council voted to decriminalize up to 30 grams, punishable by a $25 fine.