Pennsylvania Capitol Celebrates MMJ Bill

The House of Representatives in Pennsylvania passed Senate Bill 3 last Wednesday, aiming to legalize medical marijuana for qualified patients.  In celebration of the bill's passing, the state's Capitol building was lit green on Thursday night.  While the lighting coincided with the St. Patrick's Day holiday, Governor Tom Wolf tweeted, "Last night, the Capitol was lit green to celebrate medical marijuana passing the house."

The governor is praising the state House members for "standing up on medical marijuana", saying, "As a long supporter of medical marijuana, I know the stories of the families deeply affected by the lack of legal cannabis treatment for their suffering loved ones in our state.  I also know there is a strong consensus among Pennsylvanians - 90% of Pennsylvanians support medical marijuana."

The bill is on its way to the state Senate for its final vote, with expectations to pass quickly.  "Soon, we will finally provide the essential help needed by those suffering from seizures, cancer, and other illnesses," Wolf continued in a blog post on PA.gov.  The new law will allow doctors to certify patients for medical marijuana treatment in the form of pills, oils and liquids.  Qualifying conditions will include cancer, epilepsy, autism, Parkinson's disease, post traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma and chronic or intractable pain.

Twenty-five cannabis growers and processors will be allowed to produce in the state, along with 50 dispensaries being allowed to operate with each being allowed up to three locations.  "It is long past time to provide this important medical relief to patients and families across the commonwealth," Wolf stated. "I thank the quick action by the Pennsylvania House to bring us a huge step closer to legalizing medical marijuana."