Pennsylvania decides to make whole flower cannabis available for medical use
Pennsylvania previously has only allowed medical marijuana users to use only oils and concentrates, but that's about to change, thanks to a decision by the state Department of Health. The department announced this week that it will allow flower sales, making the herb accessible to permitted medical users. The plan should help lower the costs of getting the drug (flower tends to be cheaper, though some strains are more expensive), and improve access in general (giving people more ways to buy and use it).
Save the bongs, though -- while the state is allowing flower sales, actually smoking the plant is still illegal there. The law specifically says that flower should be sold in a form that can be vaporized, not smoked.
There aren't, however, laws in place to actually eliminate smoking -- behind closed doors, patients in Pennsylvania could technically do as they pleased. At any rate, no matter how it's used, being able to sell and use flower in PA will help patients and doctors there help get care to the people who most need it. Kudos to the local authorities for opening up that door, and hopefully things will continue to move in the right direction there and everywhere else.