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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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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Pennsylvania House Health Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

marijuana-medicalPennsylvania’s House Health Committee voted unanimously on Friday to approve Senate Bill 3, which would allow Pennsylvanians with certain medical conditions to possess, use and purchase cannabis pursuant to a recommendation from a physician. The proposal will now goes to the House Rules Committee before being up for a full House vote.

Senate Bill 3 was approved in May by the state’s Senate 40 to 7, but has since stalled in the House Health Committee, where many assumed it dead. Friday’s vote follows a discharge petition by Representative Nick Miccarelli (R-Ridley Park) that would have removed the measure from the Health Committee.

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Poll: 87% of Pennsylvania Voters Want Medical Cannabis Legalized

pennNew polling out of Pennsylvania has found that a drastic majority of voters in the state support legalizing medical cannabis.

According to the poll, conducted by Floyd Institute’s Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College, 87% of Pennsylvania voters support legalizing cannabis for medical purposes. Among those 87%, 67% “strongly favor” medical cannabis legalization, an 8% increase since June, 2014. The survey found only 10% to be opposed to the move, with the remaining 3% undecided.

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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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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

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The Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 3, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis. The measure now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where its passage will set it up for a full Senate vote.

The proposal, which is sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 27 lawmakers, would allow those with a qualifying medical condition who receives a recommendation from a physician to legally possess, purchase and use medical cannabis medicines. Qualifying conditions would include cancer, seizure disorders, glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis and.several others.

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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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