Medical marijuana just became a lot more affordable in Pennsylvania. New legislation passed by the Pennsylvania medical marijuana board supports whole-plant sales. Additionally, the board is looking to expand the list of conditions qualifying for medical marijuana treatment and protect doctors from prosecution. Here is a closer look at the state’s evolving cannabis policy.
The Medical Marijuana Board Is Changing Cannabis Legislation
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana board reached a critical consensus regarding whole-plant sales: Medical marijuana users should have access to dry leaf and flower. Currently, dispensaries only sell medical marijuana as oils, pills, tinctures and extracts.
Now that the Pennsylvania medical marijuana board supports whole-plant sales, the next legal step is to get Secretary of Health Rachel Levine to approve the measure. This could take a year.
Whole Plant Sales Will Mean More Accessible Herb
People with medical marijuana access in California and Colorado purchase more flower than extracts or edibles. This is largely because flower is cheaper than other, more labor-intensive, forms of medical marijuana.
Pennsylvanians with legal access to cannabis often have trouble affording it due to the state’s tight laws on flower. Legalizing whole plant sale would let the people for whom the program was designed actually benefit from it.
Smoking Marijuana In Pennsylvania Will Still Be Illegal
If it passes, this new allowance will be great. But medical marijuana users will only be supposed to vaporize marijuana flower.
If they choose to smoke it, though, they aren’t likely to face legal ramifications. According to Chris Goldstein, contributor to Philly.com and author of Philly420, “We’ve never had a report of state police or health officials cracking down on how patients consume their cannabis.”