A proposal to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania will be filed Monday in the state’s Senate. The bipartisan measure will be sponsor by Democratic Senator Daylin Leach, and Republican Senator Mike Folmer.
“It’s time that we help these individuals to end their pain and suffering,” Senator Leach said in November. “I invite my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle to join us, to put politics aside, and to allow people to take advantage of the multitude of benefits this medicine has to offer.”
Under the proposed legislation, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and up to 3 ounces of cannabis-infused products or concentrates, will be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician, nurse practitioner, dentist or psychiatrist. State-licensed, nonprofit “Compassionate Care Centers” will be authorized to distribute cannabis to patients.
The proposal creates the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Board, which would oversee the medical cannabis market, ensuring “safe and regular distribution of medical cannabis”.
According to polling released last year, 82% of those in Pennsylvania support medical cannabis legalization. In September, the Pennsylvania Nurses Association also came out in support of the legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.