Growing Marijuana In Pennsylvania

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 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.

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.

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    Growing Marijuana 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.

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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.

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    FAQ about marijuana laws in Pennsylvania

    Is growing marijuana legal in Pennsylvania?

    Pennsylvania considers growing marijuana a felony

    What’s the penalty if you get caught growing marijuana in Pennsylvania?

    Growing marijuana in this state could result in 1-5 years in prison, plus a $15,000 fine.

    Can I grow marijuana under new medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania?

    Despite the new medical marijuana program, growing is still not allowed in Pennsylvania, However keeping a private cannabis garden, whether indoors or outdoors, is the best way to grow marijuana in Pennsylvania without getting caught

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      9 comments on “Growing Marijuana In Pennsylvania”

      1. I want to grow my own medical high grade medical marijuana either at home and get paid from of you guys.

      2. Are there any strains native to pa. By chance. Perhaps one that will survive winter

      3. Pennsylvania needs to change them laws. Let people grow 5 of thier own for personal use… No harm in that.

      4. I am a resident of PA and own property in the state and want to grow medical marijuana.. How do I get started?

      5. 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. 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.

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