PENNSYLVANIA: Medical marijuana legislation will get a second chance in 2015.
The bipartisan pair of state senators who pushed for legalization during 2014 announced this week they will re-introduce the same text of a bill approved by the state Senate with a 43-7 vote in September. The bill didn’t receive a vote from the House of Representatives before the two-year legislative session came to a close Nov. 30.
Since it will be a new legislative session when lawmakers return to Harrisburg in January, the bill will have to start over again at the beginning of the process. But there is good reason to believe 2015 could be the year Pennsylvania legalizes marijuana as a treatment for some chronic ailments.
The goal of the legislation is to provide additional options for those suffering from seizure-caused diseases, said state Sens. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, and Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, in a joint statement.