Pennsylvania Adds Four New Medical Cannabis Conditions, Including Opioid Use Disorder

Pennsylvania has officially added four new medical conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program, including becoming the first state in the nation to allow medical marijuana for opioid-use disorder.

“We have expanded the number of serious medical conditions to include neurodegenerative diseases, terminal illness, dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and opioid-use disorder,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in a recent press release. Pennsylvania is the first state to add opioid-use disorder separately as an approved condition for medical marijuana patients.

“By adding opioid-use disorder as an approved medical condition under the program, we not only give physicians another tool for treatment of this devastating disease, but we allow for research to be conducted on medical marijuana’s effectiveness in treatment,” Dr. Levine said. “Only approved conditions under the law can be studied through our research program.”

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Pennsylvania Senate Tells Feds to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

Pennsylvania’s full Senate has passed a resolution urging the federal government to reauthorize an amendment that protects state medical marijuana laws.

Senate Resolution 36 was adopted today by the Senate with an overwhelming 47 to 2 vote. The resolution was filed by Senator Michael Folmer with 11 bipartisan cosponsors.

According to the resolution’s official language:

WHEREAS, The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires on April 28, 2017; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania urge the Congress of the United States to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to prevent the United States Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws; and be it further

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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Passes Resolution Urging Feds to Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws

A Senate committee in Pennsylvania has passed a resolution urging federal lawmakers to reauthorize an amendment that prevents the Justice Department from interfering with state-level medical marijuana laws.

The Senate State Government Committee passed Senate Resolution 36 with a unanimous 10 to 0 vote. It must now be passed by one more committee before it can be put to a vote in the full Senate, where passage would sent it to the House of Representatives. The resolution was filed by Senator Michael Folmer with 11 bipartisan cosponsors.

According to the resolution:

WHEREAS, The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires on April 28, 2017; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania urge the Congress of the United States to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to prevent the United States Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws; and be it further

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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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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Passed by Pennsylvania Legislature, Sent to Governor

A long-debated bill to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania received final approval by the state’s legislature today and has been sent to Governor Tom Wolfmedmar, who has 10 calendar days to sign the bill into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it.

The House of Representatives voted 149-46 Wednesday to concur with the Senate’s version of Senate Bill 3. The state’s Senate approved the bill with a 42 to 7 vote yesterday.

Senate Bill 3 would allow those with a qualifying conditions who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis and cannabis products. The qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain if conventional therapies or opiates are contraindicated or ineffective. The measure authorizes up to 25 cultivation centers, and up to 50 dispensaries, each of which could have up to three 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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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Given Approval by Pennsylvania House of Representatives

pennPennsylvania’s full House of Representatives has given approval to Senate Bill 3, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. The vote was 149 to 43.

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.

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Pennsylvania House Rules Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

pennYesterday Pennsylvania’s House Rules Committee gave approval to Senate Bill 3, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis. The roll-call vote was a conclusive 25 to 8.

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. The measure is now up for a full House vote, where its passage will send it to Governor Tom Wolf, who’s supportive of allowing the medical use of cannabis.

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Super Majority of Voters Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania

By Paul Armentano, NORML

medical cannabisSuper-majorities of voters believe that medical cannabis should be legal, and most men additionally support legalizing marijuana for all adults, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University Swing State poll.

Pollsters gauged support for marijuana law reform in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Florida voters backed legalizing cannabis therapy by a margin of 87 percent to 12 percent. A majority of male voters (57 percent) also supported broader legalization, while only 49 percent of women agreed.

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