Yes, cultivation is legal in Bucks County. On April 17, 2016, Senate Bill 3 legalized the medical use of cannabis in Pennsylvania. However, recreational use of cannabis is still illegal in the state. According to the Pennsylvania Code, Title 28, Section 1151.23, a grower or processor may only grow, harvest, store, or process seeds, medical marijuana plants (both immature and mature), medical marijuana, or medical marijuana products in an indoor and secure facility. The facility must have an enclosed area that is out of public sight for the loading and unloading of medical marijuana products.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health issues permits for no more than 25 growers/processors. At a minimum, the application process requires an applicant to:
The cultivators whose permits are approved must complete a two-hour training course. Moreover, the department may provide for many other requirements through temporary regulations.
Yes. The application process for cultivators and processors/ manufacturers is the same. Within the first 6 months after the Pennsylvania Department of Health determines the processor/ manufacturer to be operational, they shall provide the department with a projection of the amount of medical marijuana products it will produce and in what form. Should there be a potential increase or decrease in the projected amount, the manufacturer shall notify the department in writing immediately within any subsequent 6-month period.
The Pennsylvania Code, Section 1151.28 says that the manufacturer may only process medical marijuana for dispensing to a patient/ caregiver in the following forms:
The processor/ manufacturer may not produce, manufacture, or assemble any medical marijuana product, device, or instrument without the prior approval of the department.
Yes, medical cannabis retail is legal in Bucks County. The department issues the permits for no more than 50 dispensaries in Pennsylvania. Each dispensary is allowed to have no more than three separate locations. The application process requires an applicant to:
The dispensaries whose permits are approved must complete a two-hour training course. On top of that, the department may provide for many other requirements through temporary regulations.
The patient must be a Pennsylvania resident and must have a serious medical condition approved by a certifying doctor who is registered under the medical marijuana program. Patients below 18 years old with a serious medical condition may get medical marijuana through a registered caregiver.
Prior to dispensing medical marijuana to a patient or caregiver, the dispensary shall:
The cannabis products available are pills, oil, creams, ointments, gel, tincture, and liquid.
Cannabis delivery to residential addresses is not allowed in Bucks County. According to Pennsylvania Code, Section 1161.35, a dispensary may transport and deliver medical cannabis only to a medical cannabis organization between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. for the purposes of delivering medical marijuana among the licensed dispensary locations and returning medical marijuana to growers/processors. The licensed dispensaries may not transport to any location outside of the state.
The approved serious medical condition under the Pennsylvanian law is any one of the following:
To participate in the program and get a medical marijuana card, you need to:
Apply on the website
In order to know if you have registered successfully, you will be receiving a Patient ID number on the website and an email confirming your successful registration and stating your next steps
See an approved physician to get certified
Pay for your medical marijuana ID card
Visit a Pennsylvania dispensary with your approved medical marijuana ID card
For questions or concerns, you may also mail or contact:
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Health & Welfare Building
625 Forster St., 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Medical cannabis grossed over $132 million in total sales a year after the official start of the product being sold (2017). In 2021, the total medical cannabis sales reached close to $2.6 billion, and more than 31.2 million cannabis products have been sold by the grower/processors and dispensaries. This figure shows that the cannabis industry in Pennsylvania helps the economy to thrive.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, growers/processors are required to pay a 5% excise tax on the gross receipts from the medical cannabis sales to the dispensary. Medical cannabis is not subject to sales tax.
According to the data generated from the Pennsylvania State of Police, the DUI cases in 2019, 2020, and 2021 increased from 17,887 arrests to 18,747 and 21,309, respectively. Meanwhile, the number of drug offenses statewide varies drastically during 2019, 2020, and 2021— from 18,613 cases to 27,690 and 21,337, respectively.
The legalization of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania took place in April 2016. However, the 2019 records from the state’s crime database are the earliest available data.