Pennsylvania Governor Says He’ll Sign Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis if Given the Opportunity

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced that he will sign legislation to legalizepenn medical cannabis if it reaches his desk. The announcement was made the same day as medical cannabis legislation was filed in the state’s Senate.

“I commend the bipartisan effort to allow Pennsylvania doctors to prescribe medical marijuana,” said Governor Wolf at an impromptu meeting today in his reception room with several parents whose children suffer from seizures. “We should not deny a physician’s ability to recommend medical marijuana treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from seizures, those affected by PTSD, cancer patients affected by chemotherapy, and Pennsylvanians suffering from many other ailments and conditions that could benefit from this effective, doctor-prescribed treatment.”

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Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved by Pennsylvania Senate

Pennsylvania’s Senate has voted 43 to 7 to legalize medical cannabis through the passage of Senate Bill 1182. The7878545medical-marijuana-rx proposal now heads to the House of Representatives, where its passage will send it to Governor Tom Corbett for consideration.

Under Senate Bill 1182, the possession and use of cannabis oils, tinctures and edibles will be legal for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician, and a license from the Pennsylvania Department of Health; qualifying conditions include cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Pennsylvania’s Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21 to 5 Monday to approve Senate Bill 1182, a proposal to legalize medical cannabispennsylvania. A full Senate vote is expected as soon as Tuesday.

The proposal, which was approved by the Senate Law and Justice Committee in June, would legalize medical cannabis for those with qualifying conditions such as cancer, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, though unfortunately the bill was amended so that smoking and vaporizing cannabis isn’t allowed; instead, patients will need to consume their cannabis through oils, edibles and tinctures.

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Pennsylvania Senator Threatens Sit-In At Governor’s Office Over Medical Cannabis Legalization

At a press conference on Monday, State Senator Daylin Leach, surrounded by the families of sick children seeking medical cannabis treatments, announced senator leach - pennlivehis intent to hold a sit-in at Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s office, unless the governor agrees to discuss legalizing medical cannabis by the end of this week.

“We are asking him to agree to a meeting by May 2nd, that’s this Friday,” said Senator Leach at the press conference. If the governor fails to schedule a meeting by the end of the week, the senator has firmly stated he plans to wait him out: “Me and the parents of these sick children, along with the children themselves, will gather in Governor Corbett’s office, and we will not voluntarily leave until a meeting is scheduled,” said Leach.

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Bipartisan Proposal to Legalize Medical Cannabis Being Filed in Pennsylvania

A proposal to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania will be filed Monday in the state’s Senate. The bipartisan measure will be sponsor by Democratic Senator Daylin Leachmedcan, and Republican Senator Mike Folmer.

“It’s time that we help these individuals to end their pain and suffering,” Senator Leach said in November. “I invite my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle to join us, to put politics aside, and to allow people to take advantage of the multitude of benefits this medicine has to offer.”

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