Growing Marijuana In Pennsylvania

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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.

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Pennsylvania Marijuana 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.

Pennsylvania considers it a misdemeanor to possess 30 grams 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. 

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.


Growing Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a conditional release policy; you probably will get probation rather than time in jail, but why risk it?

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.

They also have mandatory jail time for selling at least 2lbs of weed. 

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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 the new medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania?

Despite the new medical marijuana program, growing is still not allowed in Pennsylvania.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.