Pennsylvania took another step toward medical marijuana legalization on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, when Senate Bill 3 passed a committee headed by State Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County), one of the main sponsors of the bill. The full Pennsylvania Senate is expected to pass the medical marijuana legalization bill.
Pennsylvania’s difficulty in legalizing medical cannabis has been the resistance faced in the House. A similar bill never made it to a vote after passing the Pennsylvania State Senate.
Advocates and sponsors of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana Senate Bill 3 are hoping amendments made to the current bill will be enough to get it passed in the House. But as Senator Folmer notes, the process is still evolving with more amendments likely before it’s all said and done.
A few items mentioned as having been amended to accommodate the House include real time registry & monitoring from “seed to grow to dispensing to patient“, and a narrower definition of health care practitioner who can prescribe medical cannabis under the law.
The following is an interview of Senator Mike Folmer on the Senate Bill 3 medical marijuana for Pennsylvania. In the interview, the Senator states he has the votes in the House if it gets to a vote. It is a pretty good interview with him even mentioning the fact that in states that have legalized cannabis, drug overdose from prescription medications have been cut by 25% in the first five years.
He seems like he doesn’t plan to give up until he gets what he wants so let’s wish him luck in bringing medical marijuana to the State of Pennsylvania!