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Marijuana Policy In Pennsylvania

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When I think of Pennsylvania marijuana, I always think of the philly blunt. Do people in Philadelphia actually smoke philly blunts? Hopefully readers in Pennsylvania will comment below. As far as marijuana laws go in Pennsylvania, they are pretty typical of East Coast states. Much harsher than West Coast states where I live, which isn’t surprising considering it’s the state a guy like Rick Santorum was elected in. Below are the current marijuana laws in Pennsylvania, courtesy of Pennsylvania NORML:

Decriminalized? — No.

Possession of 30 grams or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Possession of more than 30 grams is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

There is possible probation for the first possession offense. Any second or subsequent convictions can double the penalties.

The distribution or cultivation of 30 grams or less for no compensation is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Distribution of less than 1,000lbs is a felony, punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a $5,000 to $25,000 fine. If there was a prior drug conviction, the offender gets the max in both categories.

Distribution of more than 1,000lbs is a felony, punishable by 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Distribution of a minor by a seller over the age of 21 is a felony, resulting in double the penalty in each category (determined by the amount sold).

There is a minimum of 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine (double if after first offense) for possession of 2 to 10lbs or 10 to 21 plants.

There is a minimum of 3 years in prison and a $15,000 fine (4years, $30,000 after first offense) for possession of 10 to 50lbs or 21 to 51 plants.

There is possible probation for the first offense of cultivation or distribution, to be determined by the judge.

Possession or sale of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Selling paraphernalia to a minor is a felony, punishable by 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

There is possible probation for the first offense, and double the penalties for subsequent offenses.

In any case where there is profit form a criminal marijuana enterprise, the judge is authorized to increase the fines beyond the maximum to exhaust the proceeds of the crime.

Delivery of marijuana within 1,000ft of a school or within 250ft of a playground is punishable by 2-4 years in prison.

The state allows conditional release or diversion for first prosecutions. After completing the probation, the offender’s criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Medical Program? — No.

Want to bring marijuana reform to Pennsylvania? Below are some good places to start, via our Pennsylvania activism page:

Pennsylvania Marijuana Policy Project

Pennsylvania Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Pennsylvania Americans for Safe Access

Pennsylvania NORML Chapters

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  • Faith

    Yes we smoke philly blunts!!!

  • Tony Aroma

    If you’re quoting state laws based on NORML’s web site, you should always confirm as they are known to be incorrect or outdated in many cases.

  • This is exactly why I want to move out of the “in the box” mentality state. We need it legalized here for at least medical use.

  • Rubenvzqz87@aol.com

    I am on a 30 day probation for possession of small amount less then 30 grams. I should be recieving a second offense in the mail for the same reason and I should be done with my probation by that time. I also got caught with another gram lately wich would make it my 3td. What am I looking at here? Anybody?

  • LBoog

    I’m from Philly and yes, it is SIMPLY HORRIBLE HERE! 22yrs old, born and raised here, and I LOVE mj. We ALL do here! I look at ppl on the west and can’t help but to be and jealous and envious toward them. Things here are going to stay the same for many years to come.. I’m going to wait for DC to grow more dispensaries or wait for the best rest state to do what Colorado and Washington are doing..REGULATING IT LIKE ALCHOHOL! These bastards…