Pennsylvania Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania state senators have approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 3 was sent to the state House on Tuesday by a vote of 40-7.

The bill would 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.

Amendments approved before the final Senate vote added three qualifying medical conditions: chronic or intractable pain, diabetes, and Crohn’s disease.

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.

An amendment Tuesday also allows for vaporization, where marijuana is heated to form a vapor, to be prescribed for cancer, post-traumatic stress, and seizures.

The bill also allows for cannabis ointments, tinctures and nebulizers; where mist inhaled into the lungs.

Smoking marijuana wouldn’t be allowed.

A State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing established under the Department of State would provide regulatory oversight and licensing.

Governor Tom Wolf has said he would sign a medical marijuana bill if it reaches his desk, but its future is uncertain in the House.

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