Since April 17, 2016, the use of medical marijuana to treat a qualifying condition has been legalized in the state of Pennsylvania. The PA medical marijuana laws can be found in Act 16. The Act was designed to create a safe and well-regulated system for access to medical marijuana for patients with qualifying conditions.
Pennsylvania is one of 30 states (plus Puerto Rico, Washington DC and Guam) to allow medical use of marijuana in the U.S.
Approved PA medical marijuana is grown in accordance to strict guidelines set in Act 16. It is guaranteed safe from pesticides and solvents. PA medical marijuana goes through vigorous testing to ensure that the product is safe for medical consumption. Tests screen for mold, pesticides and anything else that may be harmful to patients using medical marijuana. In addition to testing for contaminants, laboratories screen for cannabinoid and terpene content. Before any product is available for purchase in a pa medical marijuana dispensary, lab results must be in the system with contaminant clearances, as well as cannabinoid and terpene content.
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All medication must remain sealed and stored in its original packaging until it’s time for use. According to Act 16, PA medical marijuana dispensaries and patients are unable to open any product for inspection until the medication is in the patient’s home.
In addition to how it is dispensed, Act 16 also regulated the forms in which PA medical marijuana is available. PA medical marijuana products fall under three methods of delivery: inhalable, ingestible and topical.
Inhalable: Concentrates, cartridges and dry leaf. These forms of medical marijuana are typically vaporized and inhaled. Inhaling medical marijuana allows the cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream via the lungs. Inhalation typically has the quickest onset of symptom relief.
Ingestible: Capsules, tinctures and sprays. These forms can be taken orally. Medical marijuana taken orally must pass through the GI tract before entering the bloodstream. Ingesting medical marijuana can cause a slow onset, usually taking anywhere from 30-90 minutes to take effect.
Topical: Creams, lotions or transdermal patch. Topicals are applied to the skin and are best for treating localized pain and discomfort, while delivering cannabinoids into the bloodstream through the skin.
In Pennsylvania there are currently 23 conditions that qualify for the treatment of medical marijuana under Act 16. Patients with one or more of the following conditions are able to consult a referring PA medical marijuana physician about receiving medical marijuana treatment: