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 Wolf, 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.