Pennsylvania Eyes Expanding Medical Marijuana to Plant Form

Cannabis plants intended for the medical marijuana market grow. (File image via Canadian Press)

HARRISBURG, Pa.  — A state medical marijuana board is recommending that Pennsylvania allow the sale of marijuana in dry leaf form, in theory, to allow users to vaporize and inhale it.

The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board voted 11-0 on Monday to send the recommendation to Health Secretary Rachel Levine to decide whether the Department of Health should create regulations allowing it.

The law still prevents dispensaries from selling marijuana that’s designed to be smoked. But, cannabis consumer advocate Chris Goldstein says no state law would prevent certified medical marijuana users from buying the dry leaf product and smoking it legally, instead of vaporizing it.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration isn’t saying whether the governor supports the move, but says he’ll wait for the health secretary’s review.

The law also permits the sale of pills, oils and liquids.

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