On April 17, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed the PA Medical Marijuana Act into law. The law establishes a system for safe access to medical marijuana and protects registered patients and physicians from penalties. The law officially went into effect on May 17, 2016.
The bill in PA allows for the administering of medical marijuana as a pill, oil, tincture, or liquid. It can even be used in a topical form in creams or ointments. For patients who need it in a vapor form, they are allowed to use it through vaporization or nebulization; however, the bill does not allow for smoking it.
In an interview with “Small Talk’s” Scott LaMar in August of 2016, Wolf said that “too many people are going to prison because of the use of very modest amounts or carrying modest amounts of marijuana, and that is clogging up our prisons, it’s destroying families, and it’s hurting our economy.”
He also expressed a desire to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of the popular drug. Wolf said, “I think in a lot of local municipalities, decriminalization has already taken place. I think we need to do that in a more systematic fashion.”