Pennsylvania Releases Medical Marijuana Draft Rules

Pennsylvania Releases Medical Marijuana Draft Rules

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On Aug. 18, 2016, the state of Pennsylvania released draft rules regarding the regulation of its medical marijuana system. According to, the 90-page set of rules will define how marijuana is cultivated, tracked and protected in the state of Pennsylvania.

Some of the rules include a ban on the importation of marijuana grown outside of the state. Cultivators will have a 30-day window to import any outside seeds for the first crop, but subsequent crops must be cultivated using seeds and plants cultivated at in-state facilities.

In an attempt to side step the pesticide issue, only natural oils or other natural materials may be used to treat pests.

Other rules include banning public employees from serving within the industry for up to one year after being employed by the state. Licenses may be transferred from one entity to another, provided they receive approval from the state to do so.

Regulations regarding medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to be released by the end of this year.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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