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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 17, 2021 03:49 PM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: Helping Small Farmers and Patients Through Small Scale Medical Cannabis Cultivation
It is crucial that Pennsylvanians have accessible and equitable entry into the burgeoning medical cannabis industry. Currently,however, prohibitions on acquiring new permits harm both entrepreneurs and consumers. Farmers and small enterprises are denied the freedom to share in the over $1.1 billion that has beengenerated by the industry to date. The resulting unfair market conditions denies consumers more affordable options to a proven and recognized medication. There is a palpable need to change this prevailing imbalance.
Soon, I plan to introduce legislation establishing a new permit for farmers and other small agricultural ventures to grow and sell medical cannabis to existing grower/processors on a limited basis. Enabling small scale cultivation will improve revenue opportunities for small farmers and existing growers while alleviating the financial burden on consumers created by the existing supply bottleneck.
Please join me in this effort to promote the health and wellbeing of small farmers and patients throughout Pennsylvania. Thank you.

Introduced as HB2035