PENNSYLVANIA: A Lancaster County senator is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania.
State Sen. Mike Folmer, a Republican representing the 48th District, will introduce the bill along with his co-sponsor, state Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat from Montgomery and Delaware counties, during a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Capitol.
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act would legalize the use of medical marijuana by patients as prescribed by attending physicians.
This is the first time in the history of the Pennsylvania Senate that a medical marijuana bill has been introduced with bipartisan support.
It was not immediately clear Thursday if this new bill replaces or revises Senate Bill 770, also known as the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, which has been stalled in committee.
In a Lancaster Newspapers article published Oct. 31, Folmer was the only senator representing Lancaster County — and the only Republican in either house of the state Legislature — to favor a bill allowing medical use of marijuana.
Rep. Mike Sturla, a Democrat representing Lancaster city, was the only member of the Lancaster County delegation to the state House to support House Bill 1181, a similar measure.
Folmer said then that doctors are best able to make decisions regarding drug use. He said medical marijuana could be handled in the same way as narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet.
“Under the same strict supervision of my medical professional, why would I not be able to have medical marijuana prescribed?” he asked. “If it can help pain and suffering, why not?