Pennsylvania is a state in which medical marijuana is legal, but recreational marijuana is not. Marinaro Law is here to help you differentiate between these two types of marijuana as well as explain the potential repercussions still tied to illegal marijuana possession.
Medical marijuana involves you being prescribed marijuana in the same way you would get any other medication. You must have an underlying cause that needs treatment. This can include sleeping disorders, anxiety, or physical ailments that cause a patient pain like cancer, arthritis, and more.
Recreational marijuana is available to everyone over 21 years of age in the states that allow it. It’s treated like alcohol or cigarettes, in that you can get them at specialty stores which still abide by the same regulations that medical marijuana dispensaries must follow. The difference is you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to get marijuana at these places.
As Pennsylvania is a state that only allows medical marijuana, this means that it’s illegal to buy marijuana from anywhere outside of dispensaries. It’s also illegal to possess the drug if you don’t have a valid prescription. The selling of marijuana is absolutely prohibited. You can face severe penalties for being caught with marijuana without a prescription, or for trying to sell it. This can include jail time, fines, and fees.
If you have been charged with any sort of marijuana-related crime, consider contacting an attorney for further aid. You can also visit our web page, linked here, for more information. The charges will usually not be light, so taking them seriously from the get-go is a good idea.