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Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : $116,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $363,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: Medical cannabis businesses deemed essential and allowed to remain open. Rules have been relaxed to allow curbside sales and home deliveries. }}

Pennsylvania became a medical cannabis state in April 2016. The law notably features some employee protections for patients. Special temporary regulations were previously issued that create a process for minors to get permission to obtain out-of-state cannabis and bring it into Pennsylvania. The first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors on May 30, 2018. Pre-made edibles are not allowed (that is, patients can make their own edibles from products purchased at a dispensary, but not stores may not sell edibles); and dry flower can only be consumed via vaporization. SB350, the Adult Use Cannabis Bill, was introduced on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019. 

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes – Department of health of the commonwealth

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): 50, with each one having a max of 3 locations, so 150 possible storefronts in the first allocation; however, only 27 dispensary licenses will be awarded in the first phase [See geographic section below for info on future allocations] (26 issued)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): 25 Gower/Processor licenses initially – 12 in the first phase [See geography box] (12 issued)

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): [See above]

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): No cap; only current requirement is that labs must be independent. (4 issued)

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: The state is divided up into 6 regions and licenses are based on need within each region

Application Fee: 
Grower/Processor application fee: $10,000 
Dispensary application fee: $5,000

Licensing Fees: 
Grower/Processor permit fee: $200,000 (refundable if the permit is not granted)
Grower/Processor renewal fee: $10,000 

Dispensary permit fee: $30,000 (refundable if the permit is not granted)
Dispensary renewal fee: $5,000

Residency Requirements: 
Unknown presently

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 
No more than five grower/processors may be issued Permits as dispensaries. If the number of growers/processors is increased under section 1202, no more than 20% of the total number of growers/processors may also be issued permits as dispensaries.

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
* Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
* Autism
* Cancer, including remission therapy
* Crohn’s disease
* Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies
* Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders
* Epilepsy
* Glaucoma
* HIV / AIDS
* Huntington’s disease
* Inflammatory bowel disease
* Intractable seizures
* Multiple sclerosis
* Neurodegenerative diseases
* Neuropathies
* Opioid use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated in combination with primary therapeutic interventions
* Parkinson’s disease
* Post-traumatic stress disorder
* Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain
* Sickle cell anemia
* Terminal illness

Testing Required: 
Yes

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