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The Legal Status of Cannabis in Pennsylvania

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Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania as a whole but it is decriminalized in Pittsburg and Philadelphia. Medical use is however legal as per the law signed in by Governor Wolf on April 17, 2016.

To qualify, one has to be certified by a licensed doctor that is state-approved. Thereafter, one obtains a card enabling them to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. The 2016 bill qualified 17 conditions for treatment with medical cannabis. Since then, the list has grown to 23 which have listed below:

  1. Anxiety disorders
  2. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease
  3. Autism
  4. Cancer
  5. Crohn’s Disease
  6. “Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity”
  7. Spastic and dyskinetic movement disorders
  8. Epilepsy
  9. Glaucoma
  10. HIV and AIDS
  11. Huntington’s Disease
  12. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  13. Intractable Seizures
  14. Multiple Sclerosis
  15. Neurodegenerative diseases
  16. Neuropathies (nerve damage)
  17. Opioid use disorder
  18. Parkinson’s disease
  19. PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  20. “Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective”
  21. Sickle Cell Anemia
  22. Terminal illness
  23. Tourette syndrome

Possession and transportation are only allowed for medical cannabis while growing are illegal in all its forms. Possessing 30 g (1.1 oz.) or less can earn you a jail term of not more than 30 or a fine of $500 while anything more than that could get you fined $5000 or given a jail sentence not exceeding one year.

Why should Pennsylvania legalize recreational marijuana?

Legal marijuana is gaining momentum to be a great industry and legalizing it means that the state can benefit from and regulate it.  Legalizing it ensures that proper measures are put in place and revenues are collected to keep systems running. As states such as Pennsylvania ruminate on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, considering the potential gains will go a long way.

Lydia K. (Bsc. RN) is a cannabis writer, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. Currently, she is a regular writer for Mace Media. In the past, she has written for MyBud, RX Leaf & Dine Magazine (Canada), CBDShopy (UK) and Cannavalate & Pharmadiol (Australia). She is best known for writing epic news articles and medical pieces. Occasionally, she deviates from news and science and creates humorous articles. And boy doesn't she love that! She equally enjoys ice cream, as should all right-thinking people.