Why medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is some of the most costly in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cobb uses medical marijuana to treat PTSD and chronic back pain. “I’m a 50-year-old Black man who’s been a civil rights worker,” said Cobb, now a criminal-justice activist in Philadelphia. “I smoke to have my brain slow down. But to be honest, I also smoke because I enjoy it.” Alleviating his physical and mental pain is difficult when he feels another sting: His doctor-recommended medicine is not covered by insurance. He pays out of pocket — as much as $120 a week. “It’s way too expensive,” Cobb said. “It’s ridiculous.” Other marijuana users in Pennsylvania agree. Surveys s…

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