Health Dept. publishes rules for medical marijuana growers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – People who will grow and process marijuana for Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program will have to do so in a secure, enclosed facility that has professionally monitored alarm systems and video surveillance.

Under temporary regulations published online by the state Health Department, the facilities may not be open to the general public and must require visitors to present a government-issued photo ID. No one under 18 will be permitted to work in or visit a growing or processing facility.

The facilities must have an electronic tracking system to monitor inventory of plants and seeds.

The rules also govern the transportation of medical marijuana, disposal of waste, the use pesticides, financial and legal requirements, and where the facilities can be located.

The Health Department is also taking public comment on temporary regulations for dispensaries where medical marijuana will be sold to patients and caregivers. The regulations are posted on the department’s website. A public feedback period is open until Nov. 4.

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