With medical marijuana now legal for patients in Pennsylvania, actually having access to the product is complicated for users. The FDA has created numerous regulations that have now made it illegal for minors to purchase vaping products in Pennsylvania. Previously, Pennsylvania and Michigan were the only two states that didn’t have any restrictions on the purchase of e-cigarettes or products to vape.
The new FDA regulations now prohibit minors from both buying and using vaping cigarettes, which is an issue for patients who have been prescribed medical marijuana for a variety of qualifying conditions. Pennsylvania only allow medical marijuana in the following forms:
It is not legal to smoke medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and patients are not able to grow their own plants.
FDA regulations on vaping are trying to crack down on the introduction of tobacco products to minors. While e-cigarettes and other vaping products are less dangerous than tobacco products, Pennsylvania teens could purchase any vaping products they wanted, getting teens used to nicotine products earlier and earlier. The regulations are designed to stop the use of tobacco and other nicotine products by teenagers, and it is having a trickle down effect on medical marijuana use in Pennsylvania.
What This Means for Businesses
Overall, those dispensing medical marijuana have four forms that they are allowed to sell. For small shops that are creating their own vaping products, the regulations imposed can be staggering. Smaller shops have to go through a rigorous process to get their vaping products approved because of new FDA regulations, and this can make it near impossible for smaller, independent shops to get off the ground in Pennsylvania.
This is going to make it difficult for smaller shops to get products approved for use by their medical marijuana patients. Dispensaries are expected to get up and running within the next year or two.
With federal vaping laws now in effect, it will be more difficult throughout the country to purchase vaping products by minors and to create new products for use in the market.