Medical Marijuana Comes to Pennsylvania

April 14, 2016
Medical Marijuana Comes to Pennsylvania

On April 13, 2016 the Pennsylvania legislature voted to approve a regulated medical marijuana program in this Commonwealth.  Under the new law companies growing or selling medical marijuana must register with the Department of Health and obtain the necessary approvals with local municipalities.   Not surprisingly, the growing, processing and dispensing of medical marijuana will be strictly regulated. Application and registration fees along capital requirements are all considerations which must be examined before entering this industry.

Patients who are suffering from serious medical conditions will also want to begin the conversation with their health care providers.  In order to lawfully treat with medical marijuana, the patient must have a serious medical condition, register with the Commonwealth and obtain a physician’s recommendation.  Some of the medical conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended include: cancer, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, glaucoma, PTSD and with some exceptions, severe pain.

If you have any questions concerning this new law, then please contact the chair of our firm’s Medical Marijuana Practice Group –  William Roark, Esq. at 215-661-0400.

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