The Pennsylvania government recently issued permits for 52 locations where patients can obtain medical marijuana. The dispensary permits were issued to 27 entities, each of which can operate three locations, although not every entity has chosen to run three sites.
The state's medical marijuana law allows for qualifying patients to obtain marijuana in vapor, pill, ointment or liquid form. Patients and caregivers can register for treatment in September, and the program is expected to go into effect in 2018.
Pennsylvania is now one of 29 states that have made medical marijuana legal. Still, federal law enforcement is seeking to crack down on drugs, including marijuana.
The Attorney General of the United States recently asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers. The news drew a swift response from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who had this to say in a letter to AG Jeff Sessions: "Given the bipartisan and medical consensus for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and many other states, I am disturbed to know that you are actively pursuing a change in federal law to go after medical marijuana suppliers."
The governor closed his letter by saying that he would pursue appropriate legal action if the attorney general sought to disrupt Pennsylvania's "ability to establish a legal way to deliver relief of medical marijuana to our citizens."
The reality is that marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, and you could still face prosecution for marijuana offenses in Pennsylvania.
The unlicensed sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana can result in incarceration and thousands of dollars in fines. The larger the amount of marijuana in question, the tougher the possible penalties.
Remember, though, that an arrest or charge does not automatically lead to a conviction. You have a right to challenge the prosecution, including any mistakes by police or violations of your rights.
For more on protecting your rights when facing any kind of drug charge, please see The Hamme Law Firm's Pennsylvania drug charge overview.