Pennsylvania Begins Debate for Medical Cannabis Bill

Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives took up more than 220 amendments to a bill that was proposed on Monday which would allow medical cannabis to be prescribed for a list of medical issues. It’s going through the last changes before facing it’s final vote and it could be Wednesday or even later before the decision to approve the legislation is made.
The 69 page bill passed the Senate quite favorably back in May with a vote of 40-7.

This bill, called The Medical Cannabis Act, would enable a state board to license dispensaries, growers, and processors. The patients would need to see a doctor or nurse and receive written certification that they have a qualifying condition.

“The list of approved conditions include: cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma, and chronic or intractable pain.” Rep. Kevin Schreiber thought that the bill would pass if it stays true to it’s current form and isn’t changed too much.

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