Medical marijuana business applications due March 20
Last update: February 13, 2017
Pennsylvania patients moved one step closer to access on January 17 when the Pennsylvania Health Department released applications for grower/processor and dispensary permits. The department will announce a first round of approvals — up to 12 grower/processor permits and up to 27 dispensary permits — in late June. A second round of permits will be issued at an undetermined later date.
For purposes of medical marijuana licensing, the department has divided the state into six regions with a maximum of two grower/processor permits issued per region. Meanwhile, up to 27 dispensary permits will be issued in specific counties. Each dispensary permit is allowed three locations. The first location must be in the assigned county, but additional locations must be located elsewhere in the region.
For more information, check out the temporary regulations:
Temporary Regulations Chapter 1131: Safe Harbor Letters
Temporary Regulations Chapter 1141: General Provisions
Temporary Regulations Chapter 1151: Growers/Processors
Temporary Regulations Chapters 1141 & 1151 Annex A: General Provisions and Growers/Processors (Amendments)
Temporary Regulations Chapter 1161: Dispensaries
Temporary Regulations Chapter 1161 Annex A: Dispensaries (Amendments)
Temporary Regulations Chapter 1171: Laboratories
January 7, 2017 Notice: Overview of Phase 1
January 7, 2017 Notice: Establishment of Medical Marijuana Regions
January 14, 2017 Notice: Notice of Adequate Temporary Regulations
Medical marijuana resources
MPP has developed a number of fact sheets for Pennsylvania patients, caregivers, doctors, and employers. Please print and share these materials with others, including your physician.
- Summary of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act
- Visiting Patients and Medical Marijuana Laws
- Guide for Employers and Employees
- Guide for Doctors and Patients
- Research and Evidence on Qualifying Conditions
- How to Talk to Your Doctor About Medical Marijuana
You can also learn more on MPP’s medical marijuana page.
On May 17, 2016, Rep. Ed Gainey, one of the lead sponsors of medical marijuana legislation in Pennsylvania, introduced HB 2706, a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana. Currently, an individual arrested for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana can still be sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail and fined up to $500. Rep. Gainey’s bill would reduce the penalty to a fine not to exceed $100.
This long-overdue change would dramatically reduce the number of Pennsylvanians who have their dreams derailed by a criminal record. A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, enforcement is far from equal: blacks in Pennsylvania are 5.2 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.
Localities in Pennsylvania are leading the charge for more sensible marijuana policies. Since October 2014, the local governments in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and the State College Borough have each approved measures to reduce the penalty for personal use possession of marijuana to a simple fine. Our friends at the Keystone Cannabis Coalition have played a leading role in these reforms.
To stay updated on the status of marijuana policy reform in Pennsylvania, be sure to subscribe to MPP’s free legislative alert service now.
If you are a medical professional or a patient who might benefit from medical marijuana, or if you know somebody who might benefit from medical marijuana and you want to get involved, contact us at [email protected]. Please include your zip code so we can determine who your lawmakers are.
Additionally, if you are a doctor, veteran, law enforcement official, a person who was arrested for marijuana possession, or an attorney, please email [email protected] to learn how you can be of special help.