HARRISBURG – Rep. Melissa Shusterman of Chester & Montgomery Counties plans to introduce legislation that would allow smaller enterprises and farmers to acquire permits to grow medical marijuana. The legislation would allow for permits for more growers, alleviating the supply situation, lessening the burden on consumers, and allowing smaller businesses and farmers the chance to compete in an ever-growing market. Shusterman said she believes that because of the current laws in place about how many growers can be in one zone, the monopoly of several big corporations over this industry has created a supply shortage, which drives up prices and hurts consumers who need their prescribed medication. Farmers and small businesses have been denied a piece of the over $1 billion that the industry has brought in for big corporations in PA, according to Shusterman.