Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Into Law

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The governor of Pennsylvania on Wednesday signed medical marijuana legislation that extends certain policies that were temporarily enacted during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the legislation, cannabis curbside deliveries will continue, patients can obtain a 90-day—rather than 30-day—supply for cannabis and the cap on the number of patients that a caregiver can serve would also be removed indefinitely. “It’s been five years since Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana, and in that time the Department of Health has examined the program’s successes and challenges and made important recommendations on improving the law,” Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said in a press release. “This legislation provides important updates to our state’s medical marijuana program to ensure that patients have improved access to medication.” Today, @GovernorTomWolf signed legislation that will provide important updates to Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act to ensure better access for patients. https://t.co/iXEhwiolVv — Office of the Governor (@GovernorsOffice) June 30, 2021 HB 1024 also keeps in place COVID-19 temporary policies that loosened restrictions on criminal background checks for medical cannabis workers. And patients can still be certified to participate in the program by a physician remotely via telehealth. Sponsors also argue that the measure will create jobs because it incorporates hemp growers into the medical marijuana supply chain. While advocates are encouraged by these provisions being codified, they remain frustrated that the GOP-controlled legislature rejected an amendment from Sen. Sharif Street (D) that would’ve allowed patients 21 and older to cultivate up to five plants for personal use. That would’ve marked a notable expansion of the state’s existing program through which cannabis is only legally available from dispensaries. Under the measure, cultivation would’ve had to take place in an “enclosed and locked space,” and patients would’ve needed to “take reasonable precautions to ensure that the plants are secure from unauthorized access,…

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