Madsen proposes legislation to foster local, diverse participation in PA’s medical marijuana industry

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Dave Madsen, D-Dauphin, is introducing legislation aimed at fostering diversity and local entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania's medical marijuana industry. The proposed bill seeks to address existing challenges within the industry while prioritizing patient care and access.

"This legislation aims to address the disparities within our medical marijuana industry while empowering local entrepreneurs and fostering diversity. It's crucial to ensure that all patients have convenient access to the care they need, and this proposal aligns with those objectives," Madsen said.

H.B. 1942 proposes the creation of Independent Local Dispensary permits within the medical marijuana framework. These permits aim to empower small local businesses and foster diversity by providing opportunities to individuals from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, including local entrepreneurs, women, minorities, and veterans.

Patients and caregivers face significant hurdles in accessing medical marijuana, particularly in underserved regions, necessitating extensive travel to obtain essential medication. The industry's diversity objectives have not been fully realized, with a disproportionate focus on out-of-state entities.

The new permits would be allocated based on competitive standards, aligning with the foundational principles of Act 16, while prioritizing underserved areas to ensure equitable access to care for all patients.

“It is imperative to include local entities in any future expansion of medical marijuana permits to promote community involvement and enhance patient-centric care,” Madsen said. “This bill ensures a more inclusive and patient-focused medical marijuana industry in Pennsylvania.”