Pennsylvania Poised to Become 24th Medical Marijuana State

Mar 17, 2016 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

After years of advocacy from patients and their loved ones, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved compassionate, comprehensive medical cannabis legislation this evening!

SB 3 will now return to the Senate, which approved the bill last May, to consider the House’s amendments. Gov. Tom Wolf has been a strong champion of the issue and will sign the legislation when it arrives at his desk.1914591_10153313240631816_4731955737775675460_n

SB 3 allows patients with qualifying conditions to use and safely access medical cannabis with their physicians’ recommendations. As amended by the House, it allows up to 25 growers and processors to produce medical cannabis, which would be dispensed by up to 50 dispensaries with up to three locations each.

Qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain if conventional therapies or opiates don’t work or are contraindicated. More details are available here.

Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard for so long to make this compassionate bill a reality, including the amazing team at Campaign4Compassion, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, Gov. Tom Wolf, Sens. Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach and their staff, especially MP Tomei, Reps. Mike Regan, Nick Miccarelli, Russ Diamond, and Joe Petrarca and staffer Sarah Speed, Majority Leader Dave Reed, and MPP’s lobbyist Jim Davis!

5 responses to “Pennsylvania Poised to Become 24th Medical Marijuana State”

  1. I am very sure that your site reported several weeks ago that: PA Legalized Medical Marijuana. What happened? Why? I would think that after all of the time you have been involved in such legislation that you would wait until the Governor signed the law before reporting such a statement on the internet.

  2. I have MS and not on any medicines due to bad reactions ….the low number of dispensaries is worrisome because that would possibly mean that I would have to travel long distances whether I feel well or not .I really hope they decide a better way of doing things.

  3. Can you please help me to apply for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania? I’ve had stress issues since 2001. Now, my situation is worse due to a recent divorce, and serious financial issues. My doctors have me on Oxycodone 10mg & Diazepam 10mg. I’d much rather use marijuana cause it helps so much better, and I can function with work & life. Please let me know what I should do to start the process of getting medical marijuana in PA? Thank you, I appreciate it very much!

    • Hello George,

      Unfortunately, medical marijuana is not yet legal in Pennsylvania. However, the PA House will be voting today and hopefully will approve SB 3.

      • I’m a 57 yr old male from Pa. I am hoping that they pass SB 3 very soon so that I can have some repeat from all of the pain I have been trying to deal with for many year. I also have trouble with anxiety and sometimes bad panic attracts, which I know that cannabis would help eminencely! But I’m afraid to use it or buy it, don’t need to get arrested for trying to make my quality of life better. And that really sucks!!! But if SB 3 is passed, I will be jumping for joy that I and many other can have some peace from our ailments. Thank everyone that helped this come to pass, I am very thankful for your efforts. Sincerly, Rj David

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