While the state of Pennsylvania has taken on major changes to its laws regarding cannabis, including its decriminalization, the recreational use of cannabis has yet to be legalized. This means it may be some time before residents and tourist will be able to purchase and consume cannabis for general use.
However, one development that has recently occurred regarding the use of cannabis in Pennsylvania is the signing off on the Medical Marijuana Action Law. This law allows patients with qualifying conditions to legally purchase, possess, and consume marijuana as part of their medical treatment. Qualifying conditions to apply for a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania include; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, cancer, Crohn’s disease, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), Huntington’s Disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, intractable seizures, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, Parkinson’s disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients suffering from severe symptoms such as the chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin, severe nausea, or seizures are also eligible to receive a medical marijuana card.
Once a patient has been diagnosed with one or more of the symptoms listed above by a licensed physician, they will be required to submit their application along with their medical records, proof of age, proof of residency within Pennsylvania and the application fee.
It's important to keep in mind that while card-carrying patients are able to purchase cannabis pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquids and non-whole plant forms of cannabis, only non-smokable methods of consumption are permitted. This portion of the medicinal marijuana law has been the most controversial and carries the potential to be changed in the near future due to public pressure.