New Legislation Would Legalize Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Pennsylvania

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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 popopopurchase 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.

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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.


1 Comment

  • Kim Henderson
    May 5, 2013

    Finally…. Its about time. I literally get physically ill when I think of the lives that could have been saved and/or the people that could have been given a higher quality of life and have been denied all these years.

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