Legislature moves closer to legalizing medical marijuana

 

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Legislature has moved one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana.

The House voted 152-38 Monday night to approve a key amendment to a Senate bill that would set up a government and medically regulated system in which marijuana would be grown, processed and dispensed, with a prescription, to the terminally ill and patients suffering from various diseases and ailments that they and their loved ones say cannot be treated by conventional medicine. The vote, along with several others on related amendments, united moderate and conservative Republicans with blue-dog and liberalDemocrats — a scenario that seemed unthinkable just six months ago.

Beth McCormick, sitting high above the House floor, cheered and clapped at the historic unity she witnessed following more than 51/2 hours of private and public debate among lawmakers. But McCormick who has had a piece of her brain removed to control seizures, knows the bill has more legislative distance to travel before it helps her.

“I believe the legislative process is working because you need to have everyone from all these smaller areas working together,” said McCormick, 33, of Camp Hill, Cumberland County. “But it could work quicker for some of us patients because I don’t know when I am going to die.”…[MORE]

Could Pennsylvania Legalize Medical Marijuana?

By Mark Scolforo

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives took up a proposal Monday to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, a potential breakthrough for supporters who have worked for several years to get legalization through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The debate began with passage of an elaborate amendment, crafted by a bipartisan task force, laying out rules for how the program would work, including eligibility and regulations. It was approved by a 152-38 vote, but the measure still requires a final House vote.

The amended bill would limit medical marijuana to those who have been certified by a medical practitioner to have one of a list of qualifying conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma and chronic or intractable pain…[MORE]

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State house to consider medical marijuana bill

The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives is scheduled to make movement on medical marijuana legislation Monday.

Senate Bill 3, which passed last year, is now being considered in the House after being placed on a backburner for a few months.

The legislation includes close to 200 amendments to the original bill presented by republican Senator Mike Folmer of York County. It would allow doctors to prescribe aspects of marijuana — like oils from the plant — to patients with certain medical conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV and AIDS. It would not be legal to smoke the plant…[MORE]

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Medical marijuana in PA closes in on passage


The legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be coming down to the final stages. The House worked late into Monday night, considering dozens of amendments to Senate Bill 3, that already passed the Senate last May.

“It’s all good. It’s all progress. It’s all steps in the right direction,” said Lolly Bentch. Her daughter suffers from seizures and she thinks she would benefit from the drug.

Supporters of medical marijuana, like Bentch, kept a watchful eye over the progress of Senate Bill 3. The House worked until about 9 p.m., considering a handful of the 220 amendments attached to the bill.

“There are a whole host of Pennsylvanians that this will help and benefit. They are suffering right now and are entirely dependent on a cocktail of chemicals that is not working for them. This should prove beneficial,” said Rep. Kevin Schreiber, Democrat of York County…[MORE]

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Pa. medical marijuana supporters crossing fingers for long-awaited action on legalization

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By David Wenner | dwenner@pennlive.com
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on March 14, 2016 at 1:12 PM, updated March 14, 2016 at 4:37 PM
Medical marijuana supporters have descended on the state Capitol hoping for long-awaited action that would legalize medical marijuana for more than a dozen conditions.

The state House on Monday afternoon was expected to begin discussing and amending SB 3, which passed overwhelmingly in the Senate nearly a year ago.

The Senate had passed a bill in 2014 but the House allowed it to die.

Supporters rallied on Monday morning, with leaders saying they know they won’t get a “perfect” bill, but expressing optimism the House will pass a bill that will give relief for people including children with severe seizures, veterans with PTSD and people who want an alternative to highly-addictive opioid painkillers….[MORE]

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Pa.’s medical marijuana wait stretches on

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By David Wenner | dwenner@pennlive.com
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on March 14, 2016 at 5:16 PM, updated March 14, 2016 at 5:23 PM
  The state House on Monday extended its recess several times, leaving it unclear as of late afternoon if and when House members would discuss amendments to the medical marijuana legalization bill that has already passed the Senate.

Monday began with medical marijuana supporters rallying at the state Capitol and watching from the gallery in hopes of seeing House makers begin a debate around 1 p.m.

But the House soon went into recess with the intent of returning at 3:15 p.m. But the recess was extended every 15 minutes, with the latest being until 5:30 p.m.

A spokesman…[MORE]

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Pa. House passes elaborate amendment to medical marijuana bill

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By The Associated Press
on March 14, 2016 at 11:02 PM, updated March 15, 2016 at 11:56 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives took up a proposal Monday to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, a potential breakthrough for supporters who have worked for several years to get legalization through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The debate began with passage of an elaborate amendment, crafted by a bipartisan task force, laying out rules for how the program would work, including eligibility and regulations. It was approved by a 152-38 vote, but the measure still requires a final House vote.

The amended bill would limit medical marijuana to those who have been certified by a medical practitioner to have one of a list of qualifying conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma and chronic…. [MORE]

More at: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/03/medical_marijuana_bill_pa_hous.html

Press Conference – March 14, 2016

Video by John DiLiberto. Marijuana 4 Mothers and PA Safe Access coordinated an East Rotunda press conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol for March 14, coinciding with expected House action on medical cannabis legislation Senate Bill 3. Following the conference, some 20,000 signatures in support of SB 3 were presented to House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-28).