New Legislation Would Legalize Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Pennsylvania
If newly-filed House Bill 1181 becomes law in Pennsylvania, residents of the state would be given the legal authority to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and cultivate up to 6 plants, if they obtain a valid recommendation. In addition, it would authorize them to purchase marijuana from safe access points – no specific regulations are given, however.
The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana under this measure – cachexia, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer and glaucoma.
Individuals who have one of these conditions, and get a recommendation from a physician, would then be able to register with the Department of Health in order to get a license indicating that they’re a legal patient. Patients may also have a caregiver, who can possess and cultivate, though not consume, up to 6 plants and up to 6 ounces.
To further protect patients, the bill includes a provision to prevent hospitals from denying medical care, such as organ transplants, to qualifying patients.
On top of this bill, lawmakers in Pennsylvania just last week filed legislation to legalize the possession, cultivation and state-licensed sales of marijuana for recreational purposes.