Pennsylvania Hemp & Medical Marijuana Laws
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Although hemp may be a variant of the cannabis plant, it has only trace
amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that makes cannabis and
marijuana use and consumption illegal by most mandates. Despite its uses and low
chance of negative side effects, hemp is still under strict federal regulations
that have made its cultivation illegal in the United States since the
Nixon Administration. Only in recent years – and in no small thanks
to organizations like Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition (PCC) and legal
Attorney Andrew Sacks – has some leniency been granted.
Nonmedicinal Uses of Hemp & Medical Marijuana
Even the United States government acknowledged the potential use of hemp
when it permitted 14 states to grow the plant. The objective was to control
cultivation and determine if there was commercial viability in hemp. Due
to research, studies, and programs, we now know that hemp has more than
25,000 nonmedicinal uses.
Some of the most common nonmedicinal products made from hemp are:
- Animal feed
- Clothing material
- Cordage and ropes
- Soil purification products
- Composite materials
The results of these studies and existence of these products align with
what many other countries around the world already know: hemp is not dangerous
and has viable commercial purpose.
CBD Extraction & Medicinal Uses of Hemp and Medical Marijuana
The general consensus is that if a substance is not dangerous and can be
useful, it should not be strictly outlawed. Hemp, for instance, does have
its uses and does not show potential to intoxicate or debilitate its users.
Like medical marijuana, the cannabidiols (CBD) in hemp may be reduced
and refined for consumption or otherwise medicinally used. All of the
illnesses and health conditions that medical marijuana can alleviate,
medical hemp can as well. Furthermore, due to the fact that hemp contains
only trace amounts of THC, it cannot be used recreationally, making it
even more ideal for a wide range of medicinal and nonmedicinal uses.
Important facts about cannabidiol (CBD):
- CBD originates in the cannabis sativa L. plant.
- Agricultural hemp looks similar to bamboo and is grown differently than
- When pollinated, hemp does not have great potential to produce high-content THC.
- Agricultural hemp plants are intentionally pollinated by members of their
own crop in order to keep THC levels low.
U.S. Drug Policy Regarding Hemp Use & Cultivation
Currently, hemp is considered a Schedule I controlled substance due to
federal mandates. Its production is overseen by the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) to prevent any abuse or misuse of the substance.
Even Pennsylvania’s pilot program began with harsh restrictions
and only recently granted hemp cultivators up to 100 acres each to grow
plants. Pennsylvania also initially prohibited hemp cannabidiol research
and blocked hemp products from being sold in medical marijuana dispensaries,
largely due to fictional reasons that label hemp as an illegal substance;
Governor Tom Wolf played an integral part in permitting researchers access
to the plant.
Over 30 states have pilot programs including Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania
now allows 100 acre grows and CBD extraction from hemp.
You can review Regular Session 2015-2016 Senate Bill 50 – also called
the Pennsylvania Hemp Bill – by
clicking here and visiting the Pennsylvania General Assembly site. You can
click here to review House Bill 967 – or the Pennsylvania Hemp House Bill.
Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 & 2015
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 proposed an amendment to Section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act.
This amendment would stipulate that industrial hemp would be excluded
from the definition of marijuana and allow American farmers to produce
and cultivate industrial hemp legally. In addition, this bill removed
hemp from the list of controlled substances as long as no more than 0.3%
THC was present.