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In 2016, the Pennsylvania legislature took a historic and compassionate step forward for medical patients across the Commonwealth and passed the Medical Marijuana Act (“Act 16”) into law. Now five years into the program, there have been no significant changes to the law or regulations to improve the safe, efficient access of medical cannabis to medical patients. The Covid-19 pandemic brought a few temporary changes to Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program including curbside pick up, telemedicine, and allowing patients a 90-day supply of medicine. But we must make these changes permanent and we must modernize Act 16. Doing so through next-generation cultivation techniques, business practices, and product development will create cost savings and higher product quality for our patients.

With the benefit of highly experienced in-state operators, new research, refined business practices, and effective policies demonstrated by other state medical markets, the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition (“PCC”) presents a series of Act 16 amendments. Call your legislators today and tell them it is time to modernize Act 16. 

      Call or email your legislator today by clicking here

Ask them to:

  • Modernize Act 16

  • Make the Covid-19 Emergency Medical Marijuana regulations Permanent including

      Copy and paste this email message to your legislator:

Dear Legislator (Insert your Representative or Senator's name):

I strongly encourage you to vote to modernize Act 16. By updating Act 16 to include experience, refined business practices and effective policies enacted in other markets over the last five years, patients will have more access to better medicine at a reduced cost. Modernization should include curbside pick up, telemedicine and a 90-day supply of medicine patients as were allowed during the Covid-19 Emergency. These changes have allowed medical marijuana patients many of whom are elderly and suffer from multiple chronic health conditions, to practice greater social distancing while still receiving their much needed medication. Please prioritize program modernization and patient access by voting to make these measures permanent. 

Thank you, 

Insert your name

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patient

How should we modernize Act 16?

  • Increase patient supply by allowing for product remediation​

  • Allow cannabis producers to source and cultivate new genetic strains for improved product quality

  • Allow Hemp-derived ingredients to be added to medical marijuana to increase the supply of high CBD products

  • Allow for the use of pesticides as permitted by the PA Department of Agriculture

  • Increase patient access by allowing for relocation of dispensaries

  • Allow the use of Application-Programming Interfacing to increase transactional speed, transparency and reliability

  • Hold privately held companies to the same disclosure as publican held companies

  • Allow motion activated recording for video surveillance to increase security while reducing costs

  • Elimination of redundant testing while continuing to provide patients medicine safely and securely

  • Removing marketing and advertising approvals from DOH authority

  • Allow individuals with prior misdemeanor drug-related convictions to obtain medical cannabis employment, and a path to rehabilitation

What Covid-19 related changes should be made permanent?

  • Keeping Curbside​

  • Keeping Telemedicine

  • Continue to access a 90-day supply of medicine

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