Pennsylvania: Supreme Court to Decide on Whether Patients Can Use Medical Marijuana While on Probation

Harrisburg, PA: Justices on the state Supreme Court have halted a county-wide policy barring the use of medical cannabis to patients who are on probation until it decides the issue next year.

Members of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania had filed a class action suit (Gass v. 52nd Judicial District) challenging the local ban, calling the policy “Needlessly cruel and in violation of state law.”

The group’s legal director said, “The Supreme Court’s action … was the right thing to do. … We look forward to explaining to the court why policies like [this] one … are illegal and must be struck down.”

Courts in other states have issued mixed opinions concerning whether those under court-ordered supervision may still access medical cannabis.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.