History of CBD and Cannabis In – Pennsylvania
One of the most fascinating trends in government and public policy today is the rapidly changing pace of cannabis and CBD-related laws. Many states have begun to liberalize these laws, and moving towards medical marijuana, decriminalization and full legalization. The federal government has also begun to move in this direction, having removed limitations against CBD (which contains less than .3% THC) in 2018 with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
However, the unique federal system of the United States government has created 50 states, with fifty different sets of laws related to CBD. Here’s an overview on cannabis and CBD related laws in the 6th biggest state in America, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania
Going into 2016, Pennsylvania’s marijuana laws looked like the laws of much of the rest of the nation: Marijuana and CBD was illegal in all forms. However, that changed in April 2016, when the Pennsylvania legislature and Governor Wolf agreed upon the legalization of medical marijuana, making it the 26th state in the nation to do so.
- Register for the program
- Receive physician certification that they qualify for one of the 23 disorders in which Pennsylvania residents can get medical marijuana
- Pay for their medical marijuana ID card
- Purchase their medical marijuana at one of the state’s approved dispensaries.
Physicians must go through a program in order to be able to certify patients, and marijuana must be grown at a grower-processor which is heavily regulated in the state. Furthermore, all payments for marijuana must be made in cash, as marijuana cannot be covered by insurance and marijuana companies cannot use the interstate banking system. Pennsylvania does have programs for individuals experiencing financial hardship who are looking to purchase medical marijuana.
As noted above, an individual must suffer from one of 23 disorders in order to be eligible for medical marijuana. These include autism, anxiety, cancer, glaucoma and more. The state’s Department of Health may add disorders as new research allows.
Decriminalization and Legalization in Pennsylvania
While multiple bills have been passed which would decriminalize and fully legalize marijuana, none of yet made it through the Republican-controlled legislature. This is despite the fact that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro have both come out in favor of decriminalization and legalization.
CBD in Pennsylvania
CBD began appearing in Pennsylvania after the passage of the 2018 Farm bill. Like much of the rest of the country, Pennsylvania residents can acquire CBD in any commercial enterprise, and there are no limits or regulations in place when it comes to CBD, as long as the CBD itself is derived from industrial hemp.