Pennsylvania Should Decriminalize Cannabis, Says Governor

pennsylvaniaPennsylvania should move forward with decriminalizing the personal possession of cannabis, according to Governor Tom Wolf.

“I think we need to do that in a more systematic fashion,” Wolf said during an interview with WITF-FM’s Smart Talk. “There are too many people who are going to prison because of the use of very modest amounts or carry modest amounts of marijuana, and that is clogging up our prisons, it’s destroying families and it’s hurting our economy, so I think decriminalization is the first step.”

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Pennsylvania: After 233 to 0 Vote in Legislature, Governor Signs Hemp Bill

hemptennesseePennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill that legalizes the cultivation and production of industrial hemp for research purposes. House Bill 967 was given unanimous approval by both the House of Representatives (184 to 0) and Senate (49 to 0).

The new law allows those who receive a license from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to legally cultivate and produce hemp for the purpose of researching it; state universities would also be allowed to grow, produced and study the crop.

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Pennsylvania Legislature Votes 233 to 0 to Legalize Hemp Research

hemplogicPennsylvania’s full legislature has given unanimous approval to House Bill 967 which legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp if done for research purposes. The vote in the House of Representatives was 184 to 0, while the vote in the Senate was 49 to 0. The measure now goes to Governor Tom Wolf for consideration; he’s expected to sign it into law.

Once the legislation takes effect, farmers who receive a license from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will be authorized to cultivate and produce hemp for the purpose of research. Unfortunately the proposal doesn’t allow for commercial cultivation, something the bill’s proponents say they’ll continue to fight for.

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Harrisburg Becomes Third Pennsylvania City to Decriminalize Cannabis

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, has become the third city in the state to pass an ordinance decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

On Tuesday the city’s council voted unanimously to pass a proposal making the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis a simple $75 fine for a person’s first and second offense ($150 if smoking in public). Unfortunately if someone is caught possessing cannabis three times within  a five year period it would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail.

Lawmakers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have passed similar ordinances.

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Legislation Legalizing Medical Cannabis Takes Effect Tomorrow in Pennsylvania

medical-marijuana-630Legislation to legalize medical cannabis was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf last month, and tomorrow (May 17th) it becomes law. Senate Bill 3 makes Pennsylvania the 24th state in the U.S. to allow the medical use of cannabis, when not counting laws that only allow for the use of cannabis oil. The law was passed by the state’s legislature with a combined 191 to 53 vote.

Senate Bill 3 legalizes the use of cannabis and cannabis products for those who have a qualifying condition and receive a recommendation from a physician; qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain.

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis

medical-marijuana-prescription-bottlPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill that legalizes the medical use and distribution of cannabis. The passage of Senate Bill 3 makes Pennsylvania the 24th state to allow the medical use of cannabis (not including states that only allow CBD oil). More than half of Americans now live in states with effective medical cannabis laws.

Senate Bill 3 – which was passed by the state’s legislature with an 191 to 53 vote – allows those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis and cannabis products. Licensed cannabis retail outlets are also legalized, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers (in total 25 cultivation centers and 50 dispensaries are authorized, with each allowed to have up to three separate locations).

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Pennsylvania Senate Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis With 42 to 7 Vote

cannabisbudPennsylvania’s full Senate has given overwhelming approval to legislation (Senate Bill 3) that would legalize medical cannabis; the vote was 42 to 7.

The measure was approved last month by the full House of Representatives with an 149 to 43 vote, though will need to go back to the House for one final vote given some minor changes were made in the Senate. Once the House again passes the bill, it will go to Governor Tom Wolf for final consideration (given the House doesn’t make any further amendments, in which case it would need to again be voted on by the Senate).

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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Hemp Bill

indianahempA bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes has been given unanimous approval by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The measure – House Bill 967 – now heads to the state’s Senate, where it’s expected to be quickly approved (the Senate last month gave unanimous approval to a separate but similar hemp bill).

“We put a lot of effort into educating other legislators about the usefulness of this crop and its positive economic and environmental promises for Pennsylvania,”says Representative Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon). “While the passage of House Bill 967 is cause for some celebration, we still have a lot of work ahead of us to get the Senate to concur, the governor to sign it into law, and to create a hemp industry from scratch. This is the very first step on what I hope to be very long and prosperous journey for the people of this Commonwealth.”

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Pennsylvania Governor Says He Supports Decriminalizing Cannabis

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he supports decriminalizing cannabis, noting that there are “a lot of reasons” to do so.

“There are a lot of reasons to look at decriminalization”,  Governor Wolf said during an interview with WPXI-TV. “I think that’s something that I support.”

He continued; “I believe, for a number of reasons, that we ought to decriminalize marijuana use. I think our prisons are over-crowded as a result of people going to jail for reasons that, you know, we break up families for reasons that we shouldn’t”.

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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

[Correction: Senate Bill 3 has not actually passed the full Senate as this article states, it’s passed the Senate State Government Committee and currently sits in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The CBS News post that we link to is incorrect. We apologize for the mistake.]

Pennsylvania’smedical Senate has passed Senate Bill 3, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis, sending it to the state’s House of Representatives for consideration, according to CBS News.

The bipartisan measure, sponsored by 27 state lawmakers, would allow those who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis for medical use. The proposal would establish a system of state-licensed production and distribution centers, which will provide 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, multiple sclerosis and.several others.

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