Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program began sales in February of this year. But the six dispensaries in the state are struggling to meet the high demand they’re facing. A few additional dispensaries closed prematurely due to lack of inventory. Pennsylvania’s answer to their problem is to now allow flower sales so patients can inhale marijuana as a form of delivery.

What’s Behind Lifting the Ban on Flower Sales?

Now, Minnesota is the only state with legal medical-cannabis that still has a ban on flower sales. For Pennsylvania, flower sales were suggested after several subcommittees studied potential patient benefits. The benefits stem from the way that cannabis flower has a physiological delivery versus concentrated oil. Medical marijuana users report more and faster pain relief with flower even when they take it in a lower dose. Additionally, it is commonly known that inhalation of flower is the fastest way to experience the effects of marijuana.

Pennsylvania’s Program is Young

Even though the state only began allowing medical sales in February, over 21,000 patients have already registered for the program. And in just one month, over 2,000 patients have visited dispensaries.

And more changes are coming. As Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program develops, so too are the policies that govern it. And these changes create more affordable medical marijuana product for patients. Cultivators, such as Corinne Ogrodnik from Maitri Medicinals, sees flower inclusion as a step towards more affordability. Ogrodnik says that her company “…won’t have to be utilizing the equipment to process the flower and leaf into concentrates…[meaning also requiring] less intensive packaging.”

Black Market Deterrent?

Another reason advocates pushed for flower sales in Pennsylvania was as a deterrent for the black market. The idea being that by offering patients the products they desire legally, then there would be no need to seek them out on the black market.

And as mentioned before, price point is a big incentive. Flower sales are lower per milligram. And inserting flower sales into the industry actually helps to lower overall medical sales price ranges. This is especially likely if flower sales get to be around 50 percent of all medical marijuana sales – as has been the case in other markets.

Dispensaries are finding the changes to be beneficial to the Pennsylvania market. Cultivation continues to grow and patients and doctors continue to register at increasing numbers. The Pennsylvania market is on its way to becoming one of the largest medical marijuana markets in the U.S.

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