The hard-fought march to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania took a groundswell of public opinion, years of lobbying and changes of heart across the Legislature.
But even advocates for the law, signed a week ago by Gov. Tom Wolf, suspect another challenge may await the measure. That’s because the Pennsylvania legislation appears to concentrate regulatory power at the state level, leaving local officials with limited influence over dispensaries and marijuana cultivation, legal observers said.
“I guarantee: There will be some municipalities in Pennsylvania, somewhere, that try potentially to pass an ordinance saying, ‘We don’t want any marijuana organizations,’” said Justin Moriconi, a regulated-substances attorney in Philadelphia.