Home » Marijuana Laws by State » Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

PennsylvaniaResidents of Pennsylvania should familiarize themselves with the local paraphernalia laws in order to avoid paying fines or serving time in jail.

Here is Pennsylvania’s Health & Safety Code 780-113 in its entirety.

 

 

Pennsylvania Marijuana Laws
Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
30g or less misdemeanor 30 days $500
More than 30g misdemeanor 1 year $5,000
First possession conviction is eligible for conditional release. Subsequent conviction can lead to a doubled penalty.
Sale or Distribution
30g or less for no remuneration misdemeanor 30 days $500
2 - 10 lbs felony 1 year* $5,000
10 - 50 lbs felony 3 year* $25,000
Less than 1000 lbs felony 3 years $25,000
More than 1000 lbs felony 10 years $100,000
Within 1000 ft of a school or within 250 ft of recreational playground punishable by 2-4 years in prison.
To a minor, or after a previous drug conviction, brings doubled penalties.
Courts are authorized to increase the maximum fine to exhaust all proceeds from drug sales.
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Cultivation
10 - 21 plants felony 1 year* $5,000
22 - 51 plants felony 3 years* $15,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Hash & Concentrates
Possession of 8 g or less misdemeanor 30 days $500
Possession of more than 8 g misdemeanor 1 year $5,000
Manufacture felony 5 years $15,000
Penalties for selling or trafficking hashish or concentrates are the same as the trafficking penalties for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.
Paraphernalia
Possession or sale of paraphernalia misdemeanor 1 year $2,500
To a minor at least 3 years younger misdemeanor 2 year $5,000
Miscellaneous
Suspension of driving privileges upon receiving a conviction of any offense involving the possession, sale, delivery of any controlled substance.

 

Latest Pennsylvania marijuana news

Philly Mayor Agrees to Decriminalize

Philadelphia is about to become one of the largest cities in the United States to remove criminal penalties for pot possession. In early September Mayor Michael Nutter agreed to a legislative compromise that will allow the city to decriminalize marijuana. The Philadelphia City Council passed a marijuana decriminalization bill earlier this year. After the council agreed to tweak the law ... Read More »

No More Jail Time for Pot in Philly

Philly residents can toke a bit easier now. The city has officially decriminalized weed, and possession offenses will no longer carry potential jail sentences. The new policy, approved by the City Council in September, will take effect Oct. 20. Mayor Michael Nutter signed the law Oct. 1. Under the new rules, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is ... Read More »

Few Pennsylvania Pot Charges Result in Jail

Marijuana Handcuffs

Marijuana law is harsh in Pennsylvania. Possession of even small amounts is a misdemeanor, and there are strict penalties, ranging from 30 days to a year in jail. But in practice, most cannabis defendants are never incarcerated, according to a report by The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. That’s because they typically plead to lesser charges and get probation instead. ... Read More »

Philly Keeps Busting Tokers Despite New Policy

Philadelphia City Council

Marijuana busts have decreased since the Philadelphia City Council voted to decriminalize the drug in June, but police say they won’t stop arresting people for simple pot possession whether or not the law takes effect. Philadelphia City CouncilThe council voted June 19 to remove criminal penalties for pot possession, replacing them with a small civil fine. Read More »