Is medical or recreational marijuana legal in Pennsylvania now?

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Map of Pennsylvania filled with marijuana plants with a background of a man in prison
Map of Pennsylvania filled with marijuana plants with a background of a man in prison

 

Well yes and no, because medical cannabis is allowed but recreational use is still illegal in this state. However, there is much hope and many people think that Pennsylvania may be the next state in the US to legalize marijuana for people over 21 years of age.

Until now, the Republican majority in the United States Senate has been holding back legalization in this and other states, but with the new formation of the chamber, this is expected to change in a short time. Possession of small quantities for self-consumption is already decriminalized in many cities Pennsylvania, with Philadelphia being the largest of all.

 

 

👌 How to get a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania?

 
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Must enroll in the medical marijuana program that has created this state, and later obtain the certification of a licensed doctor that proves that the patient has some of the diseases that the legislators of Pennsylvania recognize as that can be treated with cannabis. Then it only remains to pay the annual fee, which in this case is $ 50. Below you can see the list of qualifying diseases:

 

  • Cancer, including remission therapy
  • Chronic or intractable pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Damage to the brain or spinal cord
  • Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or disease from Lou Gehrig)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism
  • Huntington’s
  • disease Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intractable seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Neuropathy
  • Opioid addiction
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Spastic movement
  • disorders Terminal illness
  • Tourette’s syndrome

 

 

☕ Where to buy marijuana within the state of Pennsylvania

 

The only safe and appropriate place to buy cannabis in Pennsylvania is at one of the licensed dispensaries in the state-. The website bestthingspa.com has created a ranking with the 10 best, which you can see below.

 

Top 10 Best Dispensaries in Pennsylvania

 

  1. The Green Remedy
  2. Cure
  3. Organic Remedies
  4. Rise
  5. Justice Grown Pennsylvania
  6. Columbia Care
  7. Mission
  8. Terravida Holistic Centers
  9. Keystone Shops
  10. Ilera Healthcare

 

 

📲 How much can you legally buy and own?

 

A card patient or their designated caregiver may purchase and possess an amount of marijuana that does not exceed the maximum supply to cover 30-day use. Recreational consumers over the age of 21 can have serious problems if they own more than 30 grams, up to that amount is considered a misdemeanor in most Pennsylvania cities, and is punishable by a fine of $ 500 and up to 30 days in prison.

Patients with a medical card from other states cannot buy at dispensaries in Pennsylvania. Until now the law only recognizes patients from this state, so visitors cannot legally buy or possess marijuana.

Cannabis home delivery is not allowed, so patients who cannot travel have to entrust the purchase to their caregiver, who has permission to go to the dispensary and legally buy on their behalf.

 

 

➕ Is it legal to grow marijuana in this state?

 

No, the cultivation is still illegal, even when it is done for self-consumption. This is one of the points where you have to improve the cannabis law of Pennsylvania, because in most states of the USA where medical cannabis is legal, home cultivation for self-sufficiency is allowed.

So far the only way to legally grow marijuana in Pennsylvania is to get authorization explicit from the state, and this is reserved for a few companies that supply legal dispensaries on a large scale.

 

 

⚠️ Is smoking weed legal in Pennsylvania?

 

Publicly it is not legal, it is only allowed in private spaces such as homes with the owner’s permission. In Pennsylvania, specific places to consume cannabis have not yet been authorized, as in other states of the USA, not even the law establishes the places where it can be done safely, so we recommend not to consume marijuana in public places in any way.

 

Pennsylvania's cannabis laws, penalties and permitted uses
Pennsylvania’s cannabis laws, penalties and permitted uses

 

 

🔥 When will marijuana be totally legal in this state of the USA?

 

Pennsylvania is not one of the states with the greatest cannabis tradition in the USA, so it is lagging a bit behind others where they already have a lot of freedom in this regard. The medical marijuana law was approved in April 2016, relatively recently, so we think that more time has to pass before it is socially accepted as it happens in other parts of this country.

With the fall of the Trump administration and the arrival of Biden to the White House, we can think that both Pennsylvania and other states of this great country will follow the national trend towards the total legalization of marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, although it is difficult to forecast. when this will happen, hopefully soon.

 

 

🧐 Conclusion

 

Thanks to the law for the decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis that most cities in the state of Pennsylvania have accepted, at present you do not have to have problems to carry some florets for self-consumption within this state. But as long as it is not possible to buy, grow, and smoke in a calm way, marijuana users are not going to stop in our efforts, and we will continue to fight for freedom.

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