Pennsylvania Knowledge Center:

Created to provide helpful information about the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Industry.

Cannabis License Info:

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Grower (also commonly referred to as Producers or Cultivators) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. Mature plants are harvested and transferred to a Processor.

Processors – Processors take harvested cannabis from Cultivators and create derivative extracts for edibles, concentrates, topicals, and prepacks. Finished products are transported to Dispensaries.

How many Medical Marijuana licenses are being awarded in Pennsylvania?

  • Region 1 (Southeast) – 2 Grower/Processor permits
  • Region 2 (Northeast – 2 Grower/Processor permits
  • Region 3 (Southcentral) – 2 Grower/Processor permits
  • Region 4 (Northcentral) – 2 Grower/Processor permits
  • Region 5 (Southwest) – 2 Grower/Processor permits
  • Region 6 (Northwest) 2 Grower/Processor permits

What does a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana License entail?

Grower/Processor Permit Applications:

Initial Application Fee: $10,000

Initial Permit Fee: $200,000

What forms of Medical Marijuana are allowed?

The following forms have been approved for medical marijuana:

  • Pill
  • Oil
  • Topical forms, including gel, creams or ointments
  • A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form
  • Tincture
  • Liquid
Laboratories test cannabis for concentration and contaminants. Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo quality assurance testing.

Final Laboratory regulations are to be determined. A laboratory wishing to identify, collect, handle and conduct tests on cannabis can visit for more information.
Dispensaries sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations.
  • Region 1 (Southeast) – 10 Dispensary permits
  • Region 2 (Northeast – 4 Dispensary permits
  • Region 3 (Southcentral) – 4 Dispensary permits
  • Region 4 (Northcentral) – 2 Dispensary permits
  • Region 5 (Southwest) – 5 Dispensary permits
  • Region 6 (Northwest) 2 Dispensary permits

Grower/Processor Permit Applications:

Dispensary Permit Applications:

Initial Application Fee: $5,000

Initial Permit Fee: $30,000 per dispensary location identified in the application, up to $90,000

Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.

Current Estimated Patient Counts: 191,000

How can I get a Medical Marijuana prescription to treat my condition?

  1. Discuss Medical Marijuana with your doctor
  2. Get a recommendation from your doctor stating Medical Marijuana is right for you
  3. Apply to the Department of Health (Linked) for a Medical Marijuana card
  4. Visit a Dispensary in Pennsylvania to obtain Medical Marijuana

Does my medical condition qualify for a Medical Marijuana Prescription in Pennsylvania?

Here’s a list of qualifying conditions defined by Pennsylvania law:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s syndrome
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intractable seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 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
  • Sickle cell anemia

What forms of Medical Marijuana are allowed in Pennsylvania?

The following forms have been approved for medical marijuana:

  • Pill
  • Oil
  • Topical forms, including gel, creams or ointments
  • A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excluding dry leaf or plant form
  • Tincture
  • Liquid

Pennsylvania Seed-to-Sale Traceability Info:

Part D of Pennsylvania Dispensary License Application (pulled directly from the PA license application)

Plan of Operation

A plan of operations is required for all dispensary permit applications.  The plan of operation must include a timetable outlining the steps the applicant will take to become operational within six months from the date of issuance of a permit.  The plan of operation must also describe how the applicant’s proposed business operations will comply with statutory and regulatory requirements necessary for the continued operation of the facility.

Plan of Operations
What must be covered in a plan of operation?

Applicants must identify how they will comply with relevant laws and regulations regarding:


Download the application and the full list of requirements here

Are you looking for help with an Inventory Control or Compliance Plan? This Pennsylvania Support Document will assist you in putting together a comprehensive and competitive application.

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