Senate Bill 3, introduced by Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer, has already been approved by the state’s full Senate with a 40 to 7 vote, though it will need to be voted on again due to changes in the bill. Governor Tom Wolf, who’s supportive of allowing the medical use of cannabis, says he’ll sign the bill into law if given the chance (a chance he’ll be given if it once again passes the Senate).
If it does become law, as is expected, the proposal would allow those who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis medicines such as tinctures, oils, edibles and lotions; smoking cannabis, unfortunately, would remain prohibited even for patients.
The proposal would establish a system of state-licensed production and distribution centers, providing patients with a means of safe access to their medicine. Conditions that would qualify an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient includes cancer, seizure disorders, glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder and multiple sclerosis, among others
According to polling released last year, an overwhelming 90% of voters in Pennsylvania support legalizing medical cannabis.
The full text of Senate Bill 3 can be found clicking here.