|Posted:||February 13, 2023 02:03 PM|
|From:||Representative Melissa L. Shusterman and Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El|
|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 nearly $2 billion that has been generated by the industry to date. The resulting unfair market conditions deny consumers more affordable options to a proven and recognized medication.
There is a palpable need to change this prevailing imbalance. My legislation will establish 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 allow our small farmers to be able to pull their crops together to share in a new license so that they can be part of this large economic gain for Pennsylvania. Moreover, this legislation opens the door for growers new to the industry, women growers, and growers from marginalized communities to take part in this thriving enterprise.
Please join me in this effort to promote the economic wellbeing of small farmers and health of patients throughout Pennsylvania.
Introduced as HB1083