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Marijuana dispensaries  in Pennsylvania

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Marijuana dispensaries  in Pennsylvania

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Visiting a Dispensary in Pennsylvania

From Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, to art museums and amusement parks, to deep history and natural beauty, Pennsylvania is a state brimming with old and new, and with unique balances—and that same balance can be found for those seeking marijuana dispensaries. While recreational cannabis isn’t legal, medical marijuana is legal from numerous dispensaries with a license.

The Lowdown on Pennsylvania Cannabis Laws

Currently, only medical marijuana use is legal in the state. In 2016, Senate Bill 3 (passed as the Medical Marijuana Act 1) allowed for the use of medical cannabis to treat specific conditions, with the first medical marijuana purchases beginning in 2018. In 2017, the state began working on decriminalizing cannabis as a whole and continues to work towards legalization today. 

Recreational Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania

Recreational use of cannabis in Pennsylvania is illegal. Individuals who have up to 30 grams of tmarijuana on them may face a fine of up to $25 for doing so. Larger quantities have more significant fines—up to $10,000—and in some cases have associated jail time. It’s also illegal to sell, grow, or possess marijuana without a medical card. 

Medical Cannabis Laws in Pennsylvania

Medical cannabis use is legal in Pennsylvania, and is managed under the state’s Department of Health. Individuals must have a diagnosis that qualifies for medical marijuana, including:

  • Cancer

  • Autism 

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Epilepsy

  • Huntington’s disease

  • Opioid use disorders 

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Terminal illness

  • Central nervous system disorders 

There are numerous other conditions that are eligible for coverage with doctor approval.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania

To get a medical marijuana card, individuals must: 

  • Receive formal diagnosis from a state-approved doctor 

  • Receive a patient certification from their doctor that’s submitted to the Department of Health

  • Register on the Department of Health website

There’s a $50 fee to obtain a medical marijuana card. 

Where is it Legal to Consume Cannabis in Pennsylvania

Though the state doesn’t outright allow the public use of cannabis, it’s recommended to only use it in a private space, such as a personal residence. 

How to Buy Cannabis at a Pennsylvania Dispensary

There are  numerous marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania, both in major cities and smaller towns. Operating hours are generally between 10am-5pm, with many offering both in-person shopping and delivery services. 

Cannabis Taxes in Pennsylvania

The Medical Marijuana Program imposes a 5% excise tax on the gross receipts from the sale of cannabis in the city, which is paid by the grower or processor of the cannabis at the time of sales. However, medical marijuana is not otherwise subjected to sales tax in the state.

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