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Pennsylvania Lawmaker: Don’t Prosecute Anyone for Using Medical Marijuana
One of the primary co-sponsors of Pennsylvania’s recently enacted medical marijuana law is asking the state’s district attorneys not to prosecute anyone for marijuana possession if the offender can demonstrate that they are using cannabis for medical purposes. Democratic State Senator Daylin Leach, who teamed up with Republican Senator Mike Folmer as the primary co-sponsors of Senate Bill 3, sent a letter Thursday to each of Pennsylvania’s 67 District Attorneys asking them to use “prosecutorial discretion to forgo prosecution of any person for possession of marijuana if he or she can demonstrate that he or she is …
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Governor Signs Law Making Pennsylvania the 24th Medical Marijuana State
Surrounded by hundreds of patients and advocates at the state capitol, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a bill on Sunday afternoon that will make the Keystone State the 24th state in the nation, plus the District of Columbia, to pass a law creating an effective, comprehensive medical marijuana program. The bill, Senate Bill 3, was given final approval last week by both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature, and Wolf’s signature on the bill marks the end of a seven year battle to bring medical cannabis to the Commonwealth, a journey marred by roadblocks and detours. Opposition from House …
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Pennsylvania Passes Bill To Become the 24th Medical Marijuana State
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday allowing the use of medical marijuana in the Commonwealth. A similar bill was originated and initially approved with slightly different language in the Pennsylvania Senate last May. Passage of the bill did not come without a fight. Opponents tried to introduce amendments that would have voided it, but none were successful. After two hard-fought days on the floor, the bill ultimately passed by a margin of 149-43. The speeches in support of the bill ranged from detailed to emotional. “[There is] no metric to measure …
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Pennsylvania Patients Forced To Hide Their Medical Cannabis Use
Every person should have the right to obtain cannabis legally. Cannabis plant treatment is safer and more effective than pharmaceuticals, especially opiate based pain medication and many cancer-therapy drugs. Still many patients do not have the right to access medical marijuana legally and are forced to obtain and medicate outside of the law. PA Man Uses Cannabis Oil To Treat Lung and Liver Cancer Recently a man from Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, came forward to tell his story. He feels passionate that others need to know what cannabis treatment has done for him. Without revealing his …
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Poll: Pennsylvania Voters Broadly Support Cannabis Policy Reform
LEMOYNE, PA — As the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act continues to gain momentum, a poll released last week by Keystone Analytics reveals that a majority of Pennsylvania voters would support a change in cannabis policy. Poll Shows Support For Legal Cannabis In Pennsylvania According to the poll results, 69% of Pennsylvanians would support legal cannabis in some capacity. There were mixed responses as to whether the plant should be legalized for adult-use (22%) or medical marijuana only …
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Pennsylvania Makes Moves To Legalize Medical Marijuana
HARRISBURG, PA — A few days after passing a decriminalization law in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee voted unanimously in favor of SB 1182, a bipartisan medical marijuana bill. Pennsylvania Senators Seek To Legalize Medical Cannabis SB 1182 – The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act – would allow patients in Pennsylvania to use medical marijuana to treat their symptoms, as long as they have a recommendation from a reputable physician. Introduced by state Senator Mike Folmer (R) back in January, bill is now making its way through the Pennsylvania State Senate.
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Pennsylvania Legislators Expected To File Medical Cannabis Initiative Monday
HARRISBURG, PA — As previously reported, two Pennsylvania Senators – Daylin Leach (D) and Mike Folmer (R) – have drafted an initiative to legalize medical cannabis in the state. They are expected to introduce the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act Monday. Senator Leach has introduced medical marijuana legislation in the past, but it has failed to gain much support. Still, Senator Folmer announced his support for the bill in November and after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2012. He has stated that medical marijuana …
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Pennsylvania Senators Plan To Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill
Medical Marijuana Receives Bi-Partisan Support Pennsylvania Senators Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) recently announced plans to introduce a bill that would legalize medical cannabis in the state. With that said, any medical cannabis in the state must have a minimum CBD:THC ratio of 1:1. Accordingly, cannabis would only be permitted under S.B. 1182 – the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act – if it contains at least an equal amount of cannabidiol (CBD) as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The senators join an …
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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Secures First Republican Sponsor
Rep. Jim Cox Signed On To Co-Sponsor House Bill 1181 House Bill 1181 – The Governor Raymond P. Shafer Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act – recently gained the support of Pennsylvania State Representative Jim Cox (R), who signed on to co-sponsor the bill. “It is believed that he is the first Republican to co-sponsor any cannabis policy reform in Pennsylvania.” The move makes Rep. Cox the first Republican to sign on in support of the initiative, which was drafted by Rep. Mark Cohen (D), and …


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