Medical marijuana in dry leaf and flower form will be available to registered patients in Pennsylvania for the first time, beginning next week.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said dry leaf cannabis will be available at about a dozen dispensaries starting Aug. 1.
More dispensaries will offer the dry leaf and flower form over the coming weeks. The Health Department is expected to announce which dispensaries are carrying it sometime next week.
The change was recommended by an advisory panel and accepted by Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine in April, in theory to allow users to vaporize and inhale dry leaf.
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law prevents dispensaries from selling marijuana that’s designed to be smoked.
The change is expected to offer a more affordable form of the medicine.
“Governor Wolf believes that the introduction of dry leaf will mean more options and lower costs for many consumers, and demonstrates Pennsylvania’s commitment to maximize the impact, accessibility and benefits of our medical marijuana program for patients in need,” the governor’s office said in a statement Friday.