Pennsylvania joins 23 other states by legalizing medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania has become the 24th US state to legalize medical marijuana.

Governor Tom Wolf approved the measure Sunday and took to Twitter to announce legalized sale and consumption of cannabis for treating specific diseases or symptoms.

Wolf, a Democrat, said in a statement that the measure “will improve the quality of life for patients and their families throughout Pennsylvania” by giving them access to a new treatment option.

The new medical marijuana plan in Pennsylvania will roll out over the next 18 to 24 months.

Under the new law, up to 150 dispensaries can obtain an authorization to sell pot to patients with a doctor’s certification.

The state expects to collect upwards of $10 million in application and registration fees within the next year.

The state will collect a 5% tax on medical marijuana purchases.

Under Pennsylvania law “serious medical conditions” include Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, glaucoma, and PTSD.

Marijuana is already allowed for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state, and D.C. while 20 states and D.C. have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.