While Pennsylvania may be late in the game on cannabis laws when compared to the rest of the country, the state has made major strides in the right direction within the last year. In May of 2016, bill HB 2706 was approved, decriminalizing the possession of marijuana. Currently, possession of cannabis in Pennsylvania is no longer a felony, and residents found with up to one ounce of marijuana will instead face a fine that does not exceed $100.
In addition to the recent decriminalization bill, medical marijuana was only recently set into effect with the "Medical Marijuana Act" signed on April 17, 2016. The law grants patients with specific medical conditions the legal right to purchase, possess, and consume cannabis as medical treatment. However, residents must carry a certified medical marijuana card in order to purchase cannabis from a registered dispensary within the state.
Patients with medical marijuana cards are allowed to purchase cannabis pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquids and non-whole plant forms of cannabis, however, the only non-smokable method of cannabis consumption is allowed.
It is important to keep in mind that despite having a medical marijuana card, employers still reserve the right to perform drug tests on employees and terminate those who fail. Holding a valid medical marijuana card does not protect you from job termination due to a failed drug test, cannabis rules within the workplace are at the discretion of the employer.
It is also important to remember that no amount of cannabis purchased legally or otherwise is permitted to be taken outside of state borders, doing so could be charged with a felony and could result in jail time.
While Pennsylvania's laws regarding cannabis use seem to change at a rapid rate, it's important to always be aware of current state laws prior to the purchasing or consumption of cannabis.