Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Legislation On Track

PENNSYLVANIA:  After failing to make it through the Legislature last year, a bill to allow the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania is back on track.

Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, was reintroduced as Senate Bill 3 this week.

Area legislators have nuanced opinions on the bill, yet they agree on one common factor: Medical marijuana can help relieve pain for those with medical issues.

Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 3, believes recent research has shown the benefits of medical marijuana in treating some serious diseases.

Majority of York PA Leaders Oppose Legalizing Medical Marijuana

PENNSYLVANIA: State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early 2012. He said he got a clean screening from a doctor in November.

The experience has influenced his view on whether people should be allowed to use marijuana for medical reasons.

He said he came across a lot of other sick people. And he thinks the United States is missing the boat when it comes to the medical benefit of cannabis.

“The arsenal of my doctor was adequate to help me do my battle,” Folmer said. “”I’m just looking to give patients and doctors every weapon at their fingertips to help them fight their diseases.” [Read more…]

Harrisburg, PA Has A Chance To Have A National Impact On Marijuana Reform

PENNSYLVANIA: The memo issued last week by the US Department of Justice, which signaled the feds will not interfere in states allowing commercial marijuana sales, will not put an end to more than 20,000 annual arrests for pot possession in Pennsylvania.

But it does give lawmakers in Harrisburg an important opportunity to have a national impact. The Keystone State is unlikely to legalize cannabis anytime soon, but change is in the wind.

Here is the increasingly green picture:

– Public support for marijuana reform is polling at an all-time high (pun slightly intended) [Read more…]

Harrisburg, PA Has A Chance To Have A National Impact On Marijuana Reform

PENNSYLVANIA: The memo issued last week by the US Department of Justice, which signaled the feds will not interfere in states allowing commercial marijuana sales, will not put an end to more than 20,000 annual arrests for pot possession in Pennsylvania.

But it does give lawmakers in Harrisburg an important opportunity to have a national impact. The Keystone State is unlikely to legalize cannabis anytime soon, but change is in the wind.

Here is the increasingly green picture:

– Public support for marijuana reform is polling at an all-time high (pun slightly intended) [Read more…]