Medical cannabis bill sent to Pa. Senate

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania has cleared a third committee and could come up for a vote on the Senate floor as early as this week.

The Senate Appropriations Committee reported out Senate Bill 3 by a vote of 21-4.

The committee made no major changes to the bill.

Co-sponsor Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) has said he would like to see vaporization, where marijuana is heated to form a vapor, included as a delivery method. He has said he would also like the list of diseases and conditions expanded to include diabetes, neuralgia and possibly pain management.

A similar bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania passed the Senate by a vote of 43-7 last year, but was not considered by the House of Representatives before the end of the legislative session.

Governor Tom Wolf has said he would sign a medical marijuana bill if it reaches his desk.

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