PA working to swiftly implement temporary medical marijuana regulations

PA working to swiftly implement temporary medical marijuana regulations

Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy Wednesday announced her department has begun the implementation phase of setting up the legal use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Act 16 of 2016, the legislation legalizing medical marijuana, was signed into law just ten weeks ago and became effective just two weeks ago.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law

Path cleared for medical marijuana legalization to become law

With the final vote in the House Wednesday coming in at 149 in favor and 46 opposed, legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is set to become law.

Before the final vote, legislative leaders commented on the journey that got the bill to where it is.

“It has been a long process, a lot of folks have worked very hard on it,” said House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana). “Sen. Folmer started the process a number of years ago and deserves a lot of credit for moving Pennsylvania forward on this issue. We’ve had a lot of members in the House—Rep. Cox, Rep. Gainey, Rep. Regan—who have worked very hard as well as Chairman Marsico and Chairman Petrarca.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana continues progress towards uncertain final form

Medical marijuana continues progress towards uncertain final form

Senate Bill 3, legislation moving toward the governor’s desk that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, continued its storied journey Monday by passing through the Senate Rules Committee with an amendment.

The move to amend the legislation by the Senate would lead the bill to go back to the House for that chamber’s sign-off should it pass that chamber in the currently amended form.

Monday, April 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana to wait a little longer

Medical marijuana to wait a little longer

Despite expected action on Senate Bill 3 this week, the bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania continued to wait in the Senate as that chamber continues to hold on to the bill as it decides whether to make changes and send it back to the House or send it to the governor as-is despite concerns over implementation.

Several sources this week told The PLS Reporter that changes considered by the Senate are being looked at by the House as more substantive and technical, which gives that chamber pause about whether they could take the legislation up again should the changes be made.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana’s future depends on whether changes are made by the Senate

Medical marijuana’s future depends on whether changes are made by the Senate

While medical marijuana legalization legislation cleared a significant hurdle last week when the legislation passed the House with wide bipartisan support, that chamber is now saying the future of the legislation depends on whether the Senate decides to make changes to the bill that was amended with House preferences on legalization.

Senate Bill 3 passed the House last week by a 149-43 margin after two days of that chamber considering amendments to the legislation and lengthy debate on the legislation’s final passage.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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