Pennsylvania Cannabis Laws

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Legal status

  • Medical Program

Possession limits

  • Medical patients

    30 day supply

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

State taxes

  • Medical patients

    0%

  • Recreational users

    Illegal

Cultivation

  • Cultivation is illegal
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Application process

To apply for a medical cannabis card in the state of Pennsylvania

Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.

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Table of contents

  1. Is cannabis legal in Pennsylvania?
  2. What are the medical marijuana laws in Pennsylvania?
  3. What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania?
  4. How do I get certified for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania?
  5. Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in Pennsylvania?
  6. How much cannabis can I possess in Pennsylvania with an MMJ Card?
  7. Is it legal to grow cannabis in Pennsylvania?
  8. Does Pennsylvania accept out-of-state cards?
  9. Will my Pennsylvania card be accepted in other states?
  10. Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders in Pennsylvania?
  11. What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in Pennsylvania?
  12. Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in Pennsylvania?
  13. Where is it safe to consume marijuana in Pennsylvania?

Only medical cannabis is legal in Pennsylvania. Adult use of cannabis is illegal. Philadelphia has decriminalized cannabis, but it is still illegal.


What are the medical marijuana laws in Pennsylvania?

Medical Cannabis Laws, PA

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.

Recreational (Adult Use) Cannabis Laws, PA

Recreational, adult-use marijuana is currently illegal in Pennsylvania, although there is some appetite for legalization. Several cities, such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, State College, York and Harrisburg have decriminalized cannabis possession – generally up to 30 grams, although some cities may have slightly lower personal possession limits. Fines ranging fro $25 to $100 are also instituted.


What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Damage to the Spinal Cord
  • Dyskinetic and Spastic Movement Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBDs)
  • Intractable Seizures
  • Intractable Spasticity
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe chronic/intractable pain
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Terminal Illness
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

How do I get certified for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania?

With Leafwell, you can get your Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

  1. Register on the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program website – This registration process will provide you with a patient number. You’ll need that to make an appointment with Leafwell.
  2. Register online with Leafwell and speak to a friendly physician – You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved. As soon as you are approved our doctor will submit your certification directly to the state website.
  3. Log onto the state website once you’ve been approved and pay – The cost of the application is $50, payable to the state. Those participating in Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP or WIC may be eligible for the reduced fee of $25.
  4. You will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail within 2-5 days – While this is the program’s time estimate, it can take up to 30 days for some patients to receive their cards, depending on the level of application demand. Your card will be valid for 1 year. The Medical Marijuana Program will send you an email 60 days before your card is due to expire with instructions on how to renew the card. Leafwell can assist with renewals if you require a new certificate. Our renewal fee is $99. You will need a physical copy of your Pennsylvania medical marijuana card and your state ID to purchase medical cannabis.

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.

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Is telemedicine allowed for medical cannabis consultations in Pennsylvania?

Yes, telemedicine is legal in Pennsylvania and you can get certified for cannabis online.


How much cannabis can I possess in Pennsylvania with an MMJ Card?

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

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


Does Pennsylvania accept out-of-state cards?

Pennsylvania does not have reciprocity, and does not recognize medical marijuana cards from out-of-state.


Will my Pennsylvania card be accepted in other states?

A Pennsylvania medical marijuana card is valid in some states with medical marijuana reciprocity.

The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

  • Arizona
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Washington, D.C.

However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.

The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.

The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • West Virginia (cancer patients only)

Are there employment laws protecting medical cannabis card holders 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.


What are the medical cannabis product testing requirements in Pennsylvania?

Medical cannabis in Pennsylvania must be tested for cannabinoid content, terpenes, pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, moisture content & water activity, and microbiological testing (bacteria, fungi, mold, mildew).


Where is it safe to purchase cannabis in Pennsylvania?

In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.


Where is it safe to consume marijuana in Pennsylvania?

All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.

The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.