Amid medical cannabis supply shortage, Pennsylvania considers flower

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Pennsylvania regulators may end their medical marijuana program’s prohibition on smokable marijuana, a move that would likely expand the customer base and improve business.

Dispensaries currently are permitted to sell only concentrates, pills and tinctures.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, three Medical Marijuana Advisory Board committees recommended this week that the agency approve marijuana flower and dried leaf.

The proposal comes as the state’s recently opened medical marijuana dispensaries struggle to keep pace with demand and face product shortages.

The board is supposed to review the smokable cannabis proposal and other recommended changes to the MMJ program by April 9, the newspaper reported, and then send a report to the state’s health secretary, Rachel Levine, who also chairs the board.

After that step, the recommendations must be voted on by the state legislature.

Supporters of smokable marijuana said it would allow cultivators to increase production while lowering prices for patients.