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.

Pennsylvania State Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

PENNSYLVANIA:  The state House Law and Justice Committee on Friday passed Senate Bill 1182, which would allow access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

“The number one priority of Senate Bill 1182 is patient care and compassion and the bipartisan bill that we crafted certainly reflects that, Sen. Jim Ferlo, Democrat from Highland Park, said in a prepared statement. “I truly believe that this legislation is a step forward for Pennsylvania.”

Ferlo is his party’s chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer, a Republican from Lebanon, and it was amended in committee to include best practices from other states that have legalized medical cannabis. Medical uses would include using extracted oil, edible products, ointments, tincture and vaporized medical cannabis.