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Pennsylvania 2017-05-14T22:46:36+00:00

Pennsylvania Knowledge Center:

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

Cannabis License Info:

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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 recommendation 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
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 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
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 kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Cultivation Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor cultivation efforts and inventory.  Our cultivation seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive data tracking with an emphasis on compliance.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Processing or Manufacturing Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor processing and manufacturing efforts, which is especially important in this part of the supply chain due to conversions into multiple byproducts and higher amounts of waste.  Our processing seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive conversion tracking focused on compliant data points.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

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
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

What kind of point-of-sale do I need to operate a Dispensary?

Most states require dispensaries to track and trace all of their cannabis-related products for regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. Our Dispensary Point of Sale and inventory management system provides comprehensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking with a focus on compliant data points.  If your state requires seed-to-sale systems to stay compliant, BioTrackTHC has you covered.  Our system is customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each and every state.

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 Health.PA.gov for more information.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released Temporary Regulations for Physicians and Practitioners regarding medical cannabis. Key points to note:

  • All physicians must attend a 4-hour training session regarding the legal use of medical cannabis.
  • Physicians may not accept, solicit or offer any form of remuneration from or to any individual or medical marijuana organization (such as a grower/processor or dispensary) to certify a patient’s use of medical marijuana;
  • Physicians may not hold a direct or economic interest in a medical marijuana organization in Pennsylvania;
  • Physicians may not advertise their services as a physician who is registered to certify a patient to receive medical marijuana; and
  • A physician may not issue a certification for the physician’s own use of medical marijuana or for the use of medical marijuana by a family or household member.

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:

For the latest cannabis-related legislative updates on Pennsylvania, check out our Cannabis Bill Tracker!

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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