Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Apr 14, 2016 1:10 PM
Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania will become the newest state to legalize marijuana for medicinal uses on Sunday, when Gov. Tom Wolf will sign SB3. The bill passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 149-46. The Pennsylvania Senate first passed a medical marijuana bill back in 2014.

A statement from Wolf praised the legislation as "historic" and spoke about his experiences meeting with people who could benefit from medicinal marijuana.

"Today the House passed SB3, sending the medical marijuana legalization bill to my desk. I am proud and excited to sign this bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment. I applaud members of both parties in the House and Senate who have come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and want to thank the thousands of advocates who have fought tirelessly for this cause. I have met with patients and families, held roundtables, and urged action on this legislation since taking office, and it is encouraging that the hard work of these families has resulted in historic legislation."

Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to legalize some form of marijuana for medicinal use. In Pennsylvania, the drug will be available in a variety of forms to treat a list of 17 conditions, including AIDS, glaucoma, and epilepsy. Patients will not, however, be permitted to grow their own plants. Five states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.