While Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is only supposed to allow patients to use cannabis products like oils, pills, and topical ointments, a loophole in the law may actually allow dispensaries to carry the herb in plant form, according to a report from Billy Penn.
Referencing an unsung section of the state’s medical marijuana law, Senator Daylin Leach said, earlier last week, that by next spring, “when dispensaries open, it is likely that they will have whole plants on their shelves.”
He told a crowd during a panel discussion at the World Medical Cannabis Expo in Pittsburgh that this revision would likely happen because the law gives the Department of Health the authority to amend the types of medical marijuana permitted in licensed dispensaries.
This could include “the addition of whole plant for vaporization purposes,” said a spokesman for Leach’s office.
The idea that Pennsylvania’s medicinal cannabis program would not permit patients to purchase raw forms of the herb angered many supporters last year when the law was passed. However, most of them didn’t realize that the bill was designed to allow plant forms to eventually be added.