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Pennsylvania eyes expanding medical marijuana to plant form

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG – A state medical marijuana board is recommending that Pennsylvania allow the sale of marijuana in dry leaf form, in theory to allow users to vaporize and inhale it.

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, a worker looks at a marijuana plant at the Desert Grown Farms cultivation facility in Las Vegas. Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia have enabled the use of marijuana to treat PTSD, and the number has doubled just in the last two years amid increasingly visible advocacy from veterans' groups. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board voted 11-0 on Monday to send the recommendation to Health Secretary Rachel Levine to decide whether the Department of Health should create regulations allowing it.

The law still prevents dispensaries from selling marijuana that’s designed to be smoked. But cannabis consumer advocate Chris Goldstein says no state law would prevent certified medical marijuana users from buying the dry leaf product and smoking it legally, instead of vaporizing it.

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Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration isn’t saying whether the governor supports the move, but says he’ll wait for the health secretary’s review.

The law also permits the sale of pills, oils and liquids.