Pa. House ready to vote on medical marijuana


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Nine months after the state Senate approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, the House is expected to finally take action.

Gov. Tom Wolf says House Majority Leader Dave Reed has decided to hold a vote. Members are expected to consider the bill when they return from recess next month.

Wolf supports legalizing medical marijuana. He said he believes it is long past time to provide medical cannabis to patients and families across the state.

“We should not deny doctor-recommended treatment that could help people suffering from seizures or cancer patients affected by chemotherapy,” Wolf said in a statement.

Senate Bill 3, as passed by the Senate in May, allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for 15 medical conditions including cancer, epilepsy and seizures, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, and glaucoma.

Patients with a prescription could obtain medical marijuana in oils, pills and gels and mix prescribed medical cannabis into their foods, but edible cannabis products could not be sold.The bill also allows for vaporization, where marijuana is heated to form a vapor, to be prescribed for cancer, post-traumatic stress, and seizures. Patients could also use cannabis ointments, tinctures and nebulizers; where mist inhaled into the lungs.

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