Pennsylvania is one of many states that allow you to purchase marijuana for medical reasons. However, there are still strict limitations regarding the sale, purchase, and consumption of this plant. Breaking laws related to marijuana can still result in steep penalties.

The Pennsylvania state website has a page that tells you what you need to know about legally getting medical marijuana. Since it is classified as a prescribed medicine, you can’t just walk into any store and buy marijuana-based products. Instead, you need to register through the Medical Marijuana Registry. Then, you need a doctor to write you a prescription, which must then be taken to a licensed dispensary. Marijuana dispensing is heavily regulated here. Dispensaries are licensed and approved to sell certain doses of marijuana to patients. It’s safer than illegal marijuana, since you don’t have to worry about your product being “cut” with other substances the way street-sold illegal drugs have.

On the flip side, if you are found to be purchasing marijuana from illegal sources, you can still face penalties. After all, medical marijuana is legal, but recreational marijuana is not. These penalties can include things like jail time, fines and fees, or more. Being caught illegally selling or growing the plant can result in even more severe penalties, along with possession with the intent to sell.

If you are interested in learning more about the lines drawn between legal and illegal marijuana, you may want to consult an experienced attorney. They can help you determine where you stand in relation to the law.