Pennsylvania Homegrower Application
Until and unless you have been living under a rock, you must have already heard that Pennsylvania State Senators — Sharif Street and Daylin Leach — have recently launched a bill that, if approved, will legalize the use of marijuana in the state. If approved, Senate Bill 350 will make Pennsylvania the 12th state in the U.S. to legalize the use of marijuana.
The bill introduced by the Senators sets the legal age for cannabis usage at 21 years. Moreover, if approved, it will lead to the automatic effacing of all marijuana-related sentences delivered in the past. Other than legalizing home delivery by dispensaries, the bill also aims to legalize the cultivation of the plant for personal use and the use of home-grown cannabis in private and authorized public spaces, such as lounges. The bill elaborately stipulates the legalities surrounding the application process and legal restrictions for different categories of applicants, i.e., growers, microgrowers, and homegrowers.
According to the proposed bill, individuals whose total crop size exceeds 1,50,000 square feet of outdoor space or 60,000 square feet of indoor space will fall under the category of Growers. Individuals permitted by the department to grow cannabis for processing purposes or to be sold to a dispensary will fall under the category of ‘Microgrowers.‘ Finally, the bill describes ‘homegrowers’ as any person allowed by the department to grow cannabis for personal use.
It is essential to understand the difference between these three categories as legal restrictions and limitations placed on all categories vary widely. This article focuses on the formalities surrounding the Pennsylvania Homegrower application process, as proposed by the new bill, as well as the restrictions that the proposed bill puts on homegrowers.
Senate Bill 350, which aims to legalize the use of marijuana in Pennsylvania, describes in detail the process of obtaining a license for residents willing to be classified as homegrowers. The bill states that in order for an application to even be considered, an individual must be willing to provide a release required for obtaining any necessary information from employers, governmental agencies, and other organizations. Further, in their application, applicants must also disclose any information regarding similar licenses held by the applicant in any other jurisdiction, as well as any suspensions or revocations incurred by the applicant in that specified jurisdiction. In their application, applicants must also confirm in writing their ability to comply with all regulations the bill proposes concerning marijuana-related activities in the city. The proposed law makes furnishing the application with any false statements a punishable offense. The applicant must submit the application form to the department with an application fee of $50. The bill also allows annual renewals of permits for a fee of $50.
The proposed bill places some significant restrictions on homegrowers. For instance, the bill stipulates that while homegrowers are allowed to process home-grown cannabis for personal use, they are not permitted to grow more than ten plants at any given time. The bill also clears that homegrowers are allowed to use their home-grown cannabis in private spaces as well as lounges that permit the use of marijuana. They are also allowed to share the home-grown product with other people in society, as long as all users abide by the restrictions imposed on marijuana usage under the bill. However, homegrowers will not be permitted to sell or trade any amount of home-grown cannabis. However, the bill clearly states that the application made by any applicant already possessing a license will be rejected. In simpler words, an individual is not allowed to hold more than one permit under this law.
The senators who have proposed the bill see it as a solution to economic, moral, and political issues surrounding the use of marijuana in the state. They believe, if the bill is passed, the new regulations will be able to reduce the need for seed-to-sale tracking considerably and will be a huge blow to the black market. The Senate 350 bill will now be assigned to a senate committee by the President Pro Tempore of the senate. The committee will make the final decision regarding the proposed legislation.
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