Pennsylvania publishes draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday published a tentative 25-page version of regulations for medical cannabis dispensaries and plans to release additional proposed rules for growers and processors by Oct. 29.

The draft dispensary rules comes about two months after the state published a set of proposals for industry regulations in August, just a few months after the state’s governor signed a law legalizing MMJ.

Some of the highlights from the dispensary rules, which the agency emphasized have not yet been finalized:

  • A medical practitioner or pharmacist needs to be on hand during all hours dispensaries are open; and if a business has more than one dispensary, a physician assistant or registered nurse can serve at locations in lieu of a pharmacist or physician.
  • Dispensaries cannot be located within 1,000 feet of schools or day care centers.
  • Dispensaries cannot co-locate with cultivation sites, processing facilities or other physicians.
  • MMJ cannot be given away for free or used as part of a coupon or promotional program by dispensaries.
  • Home MMJ delivery by dispensaries is prohibited.
  • MMJ must be sold in sealed and labeled packages.
  • Labels need to include the packaging date, number of doses or servings included in the package, percentages of THC and CBD, and more.
  • Resemblances to trademarked candies or other products is prohibited.
  • Dispensaries need business plans that include video surveillance and other security measures.
5 comments on “Pennsylvania publishes draft rules for medical marijuana dispensaries
  1. Duerte Harry on

    Are medical practitioners or pharmacists hired by medical cannabis dispensaries being targeted by Filipino death squads under Obama care?

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  2. Brett Roper on

    We have following this process very closely for our clients and have participated at every feedback juncture offered but there are still many things in the mystery zone, primary of which is when will applications go live and then how much time will be allowed to file? Additionally, we have heard some sources mention that not all 25/50/8 permits will be issued initially and that some may be held back to see how the market evolves which in our opinion would not be good as it would give the 1st round of winners more time to secure the market over those coming later to the game … I guess only time will tell.

    All in all, the process PA is deploying for general implementation seems to have been a good one thus far and hopefully the state is looking at other precursor states for lessons learned; the least of which would be Maryland and New York … I am incredulous that NY is now expanding the number of permits in a market that is bleeding all over itself; talk about your train wreck on a train wreck.

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