Nov 11, 2016 12:15 PM

Pennsylvania Releases New Regulations for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Hundreds of Pennsylvania residents have been waiting for the state authorities to allow patients with seventeen qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana. The new rules released last week show that Pennsylvania has started its way toward easing cannabis regulations. However, more restrictions are likely to appear as the program advances.

Starting from January 2017, Pennsylvania residents with the following conditions will have access to medical cannabis:

  1. Cancer
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Multiple sclerosis
  4. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  6. Glaucoma
  7. Autism
  8. Crohn’s disease
  9. Intractable seizures
  10. Inflammatory bowel disease
  11. Parkinson’s disease
  12. Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  13. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  14. Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin
  15. Neuropathies
  16. Huntington’s disease
  17. Sickle cell anemia

Patients will be given access to cannabis pills, oils, tinctures, and some form conducive to vaping, but not flowers for smoking. To receive cannabis treatment, they should have a prescription from a certified medical marijuana physician.

Pennsylvania officials also have recently released new rules for dispensaries that are going to take part in the state’s medical marijuana program. First of all, dispensaries should only hire employees over the age of 18 and be located a minimum of 1,000 feet away from daycares and schools. Moreover, customers would have to be notified that they are under video surveillance.

It is worth mentioning that Pennsylvania has similar regulations for alcohol stores. Many cannabis enthusiasts believe that the rules for marijuana dispensaries should be similar to liquor stores. Thus, it is a good sign that Pennsylvania officials are following through with this notion.

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