Open a Dispensary in Pennsylvania

Summary of Marijuana Laws

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania signed Senate Bill 3 into law on April 17, 2016, authorizing a new medical marijuana program. In 2017, Pennsylvania awarded licenses to 27 dispensaries and 12 grower/processors. The first medical marijuana dispensaries opened to patients on February 15, 2018. In 2018, Pennsylvania accepted applications for Phase II and awarded an additional 13 grower/processor licenses, with 23 dispensary licenses anticipated. Pennsylvania also began the process towards authorizing Clinical Registrants, with the intention of advancing research into medical marijuana.


Pennsylvania is not accepting license applications at this time.


Marijuana Business Daily estimates that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana market could exceed $100,000,000 as the program matures. With qualifying conditions that include chronic pain, the Commonwealth could reach 100,000-200,000 patients.


Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program includes dispensaries, grower/processors, and clinical registrants–a license type intended to advance research into medical marijuana.


Content updated July 19, 2018.