As the birthplace of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, Pennsylvania has a legendary litigious legacy. When it comes to cannabis laws, however, the Keystone State hasn’t been as noteworthy. Despite PA’s many decriminalization efforts in recent years, recreational weed remains a banned substance.
However, these strict cannabis laws don’t extend to recreational hemp. Indeed, according to Pennsylvania’s latest statutes, hemp goods with ≤ 0.3 percent delta 9 THC are OK to buy and use. This means all of IHF’s latest delta 8 THC products are legal in the Keystone State.
Following the example of many West Coast states, Pennsylvania decided to unveil its Medical Marijuana Registry in 2016. Officially called Senate Bill 3, this new law allowed residents with doctor-recognized conditions to apply for an MMJ card. Once approved, MMJ patients could legally purchase cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries. PA’s Department of Health still manages the state’s MMJ licensing procedures.
Also in 2016, Pennsylvania revised its stance on the cultivation of hemp flowers. In House Bill 967, Harrisburg lawmakers defined “industrial hemp” as, “The plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry-weight basis.”
Following the standards put forth in the 2014 US Farm Bill, HB 967 was primarily concerned with hemp cultivation for research. However, after the 2018 US Farm Bill passed, Pennsylvania expanded this law to include recreational products with ≤ 0.3 percent delta 9 THC.
HB 967 also gave the Department of Agriculture the right to, “Establish, through permits, a certification and registration program under this chapter.” Hence, anyone interested in growing hemp in Pennsylvania has to work with this state’s Department of Agriculture.
While many cities have decriminalized marijuana to varying degrees, recreational pot remains illegal in Pennsylvania. Residents should remember that possession of less than 30 g of weed is considered a misdemeanor. Anyone caught with this amount of pot could face a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.
According to recent legal changes, Philadelphia doesn’t seem to be as concerned with petty pot possession. As of 2014, Pennsylvania’s largest city decided to decriminalize the possession of ≤ 30 grams of recreational marijuana. First-time offenders in Philly will now only face a $25 fine.
While these legal changes have nothing to do with hemp flowers, they should make locals feel extra secure enjoying delta 8 cultivars. Philadelphia’s increasing acceptance of cannabis also means it’s easier for vendors to offer various hemp-derived products.
Anyone living in Philadelphia should have no issues finding hemp shops all around City Hall. There are also dozens of CBD stores and vape shops along South Street in districts like Washington Square West and Society Hill. If you don’t mind traveling further out from the city’s center, you could find a few hot hemp shops in both North and South Philly.
One year after Philadelphia decriminalized weed, Pittsburgh enacted its own revised policies for petty pot possession. Like Philly, Pittsburgh police now charge adults who have ≤ 30 grams of weed with a $25 fine.
An excellent place to find hemp shops in Pittsburgh is along East Carson Avenue just north of Carson. Locals also report great success finding hot delta 8 products north of the city’s center in areas like the Strip District and Allegheny Arsenal.
Like Philly and Pittsburgh, Harrisburg recently unveiled new decriminalization laws. However, since Harrisburg is the state capital, it has slightly steeper penalties. Harrisburg police could charge adults anywhere between $75 – $150 if they have ≤ 30 grams of pot.
Currently, the hemp shops in Harrisburg aren’t clustered in one area. Instead, you could find CBD shops and vape stores spread throughout the capital.
A good place to search for delta 8 THC is in and around the Capital City Mall. Many locals also say Allison Hills, Downtown, and Drexel Hills have a few hot hemp shops to choose from.
At this time, the only Pennsylvanians who could legally smoke marijuana are registered MMJ patients. Although Pennsylvania’s ban on pot doesn’t include delta 8 hemp, it’s difficult for police to distinguish these substances. For this reason, people who smoke IHF’s hemp flowers must remain as discreet as possible.
Only use delta 8 THC when you’re in a private residence. Please never smoke or vape IHF’s hemp in public places or while driving a vehicle.
Now that Pennsylvania OKed industrial hemp, more locals are interested in cannabinoids like delta 8, CBD, and CBG. To help meet this growing demand, many hemp farmers and retailers have begun selling their products in the Keystone State. It has also become easier for Pennsylvanians to order from online hemp retailers like IHF.
Based in Colorado, IHF remains one of the most respected names in the competitive wholesale hemp industry. From cannabinoid extracts and isolates to trichome-rich flowers and edibles, IHF has one of the broadest assortments of lab-verified hemp products.