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Pennsylvania Takes Steps Towards Legalizing Medical Marijuana

A pot leaf on the Liberty Bell marks the first steps Pennsylvania is taking towards legalizing medical marijuana.


Pennsylvania Takes Steps Towards Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act is finally making its way through the Pennsylvania State Senate after being introduced by Senator Mike Folmer back in January. The bipartisan medical bill was unanimously on voted by the Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee.

Democratic Senator Jim Ferlo said, “After hearing so many moving and deeply personal stories on the issue of medical cannabis, I am proud that the Law & Justice Committee passed legislation today that meets the needs of patients in our Commonwealth. The number one priority of Senate Bill 1182 is patient care and compassion, and the bipartisan bill that we crafted certainly reflects that.”

Regulations for SB1182 will not allow patients to smoke cannabis although they will have access to other forms of their medicine including vaporized cannabis, edibles, tinctures, ointments and other topical products. All potential patients must be Pennsylvania residents and will be required to demonstrate a medical need for cannabis and get a $100 state card from the Pennsylvania Department of Health before being allowed to make any purchases.

The Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing will oversee the proposal which will also create three types of licenses that will allow marijuana to be grown, processed and dispensed. They will also have the power to reject, repeal and suspend licenses.

If approved by the full Senate, the bill will head to the House after summer recess and be voted on during the fall session. With New York’s recent approval of medical marijuana, many cannabis supporters are hopeful the bill will be signed into law.

“I’m not claiming victory here,” said Senator Mike Folmer. “We won a battle, we have not won the war, and I’m asking [the] leadership for that same support, to keep this bill moving forward.”

Do you support medical marijuana in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments below.



  1. laura christman

    June 8, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    What a relief it would be for so many including myself. Come on PA and do what’s right for the citizens. Legalize not only for medicinal but recreational too. I’d rather be with someone who smokes a little than with a drinker.

  2. Jeffrey Heckler Jr

    August 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I am one of many people in PA who cannot get ANY type of pain management for my chronic pain issues and other health problems. ..legalizing cannabis for medical use would open up so many more treatment options for myself and countless others who NEED this!!

    • Spavlich

      August 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Also have chronic pain not controlled by any narcotic my doctor can provide. It would appear that this is my last resort from all of the information that I have read. Why can’t the medical community rise up and speak for us? Secondly, I feel it should be legalized for all. No DUI’s from cannabis, most lay around and eat, per my info. (Whoopie Goldberg on the View).

  3. Jordan L.

    July 24, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Marijuana should be legal. Senator, please get out f the 4rd grade Grow up. People have been smoking pot in this country now for over 400 years. In 1619 by decree of King James I , ordered every colonist to grow 100 marijuana plants specifically for export, Nobody has ever died from it. Learn what you are talking about before you speak. Thanks.

  4. Evan

    July 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    My doctor wants to prescribe me medical cannabis for my Fibromyalgia. I would like to be able to use cannabis flowers for my extreme Q vaporizer, and be able to grow my own medicine. Pharmaceutical medicine is so expensive

  5. Jacob benson

    July 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Yes I do

  6. Kelly

    July 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I have already been talking to my doc about medical cannabis and if it becomes legal. This is something that helps my bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia pain. I told him if it passes I want it right away. First on the list.

  7. Margaret Moore

    July 9, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Yes cannabis should be legal its help so meny different people .My self think its better then pain pills .so meny people are taking alot of medicine for all kind of things and cannabis is much safer then medicine and dont have the side effects as yes make it legal states wide .

  8. Susan

    July 9, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I think it should be legal for everyone. But I am happy that it medically approved for now.

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