Legislative Update in Pennsylvania

June 2, 2016Articles In the Zone

The Medical Marijuana Act was approved on April 17, 2016, as Act 16 by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. The act, among other things, establishes a medical marijuana program, provides for patient and caregiver certification and for medical marijuana organization registration and imposes duties on the Department of Health.

Interestingly, the act includes language addressing zoning. Specifically, the act states the following:

  1. A grower/processor shall meet the same municipal zoning and land use requirements as other manufacturing, processing and production facilities that are located in the same zoning district.
  2. A dispensary shall meet the same municipal zoning and land use requirements as other commercial facilities that are located in the same zoning district.
The act was to take effect 30 days after its approval.