Jenny Bloom

January 5, 2021

Pennsylvania has a long history of being a bit more conservative than its neighbors.  Marijuana legislation is no different. Unlike its neighbors who have either decriminalized or instituted medical marijuana programs, Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh and Philadelphia included – had not budged until very recently (2016). Despite the new medical marijuana program, growing is still not allowed. So how do you grow marijuana in Pennsylvania? You do it carefully.

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Pennsylvania Laws

Pennsylvania laws

Pennsylvania has laws on possessing marijuana and on growing marijuana, but like many states without the decriminalization, it equates weed growing with weed selling. They simply are not the same, especially when you are only growing 1 or 2 plants. Even the occasional user won’t have much left over for selling after trying their plant.  Yet there used to be no consideration for the personal home grower, even though they have always existed. This is probably a good thing if you know how to use it to your advantage. 

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Pennsylvania considers it a misdemeanor to possess 30gram of marijuana or less. For those that don’t realize, 30 grams is a little more than 1 ounce. Pennsylvania also considers it a felony to grow any number of plants. Growing marijuana in this state could result in 1-5 years in prison, plus a $15,000 fine.

In other states without laws on cultivation, plants are the same as any other form of marijuana. Pennsylvania left this clarification out.  In any case, you should limit yourself to one plant at a time if you plan to grow marijuana in Pennsylvania. If nothing else, it could lower the severity of your penalty if you did get caught.

Medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

In 2016, a medical marijuana program was signed into law for the state of Pennsylvania. It does not allow for any kind of home cultivation, and limits consumption to cannabis-infused pills, topical ointments, liquids, tinctures, oils, and vaped flower. Registered patients may have a 30-day supply at any one time.

There are dispensaries around the state, but you will pay a lot due to the state’s strict growing requirements. That’s why for many, it’s sometimes better to grow your own marijuana. That way, you will know exactly what you are growing and how you grew it. You’ll also save money.

Growing in Pennsylvania

Growing in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a conditional release policy; you probably will get probation rather than time in jail, but why go through the trouble? Maintaining a small and stealthy garden can reduce your risk. The Marijuana Grow Bible explains how to do it.

Keeping a private cannabis garden, whether indoors or outdoors, is the best way to grow marijuana in Pennsylvania without getting caught.  The Grow Bible explains how to grow in both scenarios. It’s a free download, so if you haven’t already read it from the front to the back, you should do that or move to any of the nearby states that allow some sort of marijuana usage.

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Brotherly love

Pennsylvania’s popular city, Philadelphia, is called the city of brotherly love, although their weed policy doesn’t seem very friendly.  It may not have caught up with the states around it, but compared to the southern half of the country, it’s not that bad.

The most important thing to keep in mind is only to grow what you need. The fewer plants you have, the less likely you’ll get caught (and the more likely you’ll end up getting probation instead of jail time). They also have mandatory jail time for selling at least 2lbs of weed.  Don’t unnecessarily get mistaken for a drug dealer just because you want a little extra on hand. With mandatory jail time, no excuse in the world is going to work.

Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]

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  3. By michael milligan ,01 Nov 2017
    pennsylvania now has a medical marijuana program, although it is limited. growing facilities are starting to be built. pittsburgh has relaxed it's laws, you get fined 25 dollars for toking in public.
  4. By Robert ,24 Mar 2018
    MY LUNGS GO GREEN. You are welcome to. My house too see.
  5. By Jeff ,06 Jul 2019
    pa laws are actually somewhat different than what you have posted here. For instance actual 'flower' is sold in PA, but must be vaporized (not combusted). you may want to update your information.
  6. By Michael ,15 Aug 2019
    I am a resident of PA and own property in the state and want to grow medical marijuana.. How do I get started?
  7. By Anthony ,02 Sep 2019
    Pennsylvania needs to change them laws. Let people grow 5 of thier own for personal use... No harm in that.
  8. By William ,05 Apr 2020
    Are there any strains native to pa. By chance. Perhaps one that will survive winter

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