Medical marijuana legislation amendment process on hold

The House of Representatives Monday evening put the amendment process for Senate Bill 3—legislation that would legalize medical marijuana—on hold.

Amendments were debated for nearly five hours before the bill was held over for the day and the process of considering alterations to the bill delayed until Tuesday.

Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
2016 priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf: Part 1

2016 priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf: Part 1

With the ongoing state budget impasse and looming FY 2016-2017 budget season to get going soon, one might be led to believe that state lawmakers have put other major priorities aside.

Not so.

In the coming days, The PLS Reporter will be taking a look at the legislative priorities of Pennsylvania’s lawmaking bodies for 2016.

First up: The priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf.

Thursday, January 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Medical marijuana, collective bargaining transparency bills advance to Senate floor

The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a trio of high-profile bills to the Senate floor Monday, moving medical marijuana legislation and two bills said to bring transparency to collective bargaining agreements to the full Senate for consideration.

Monday, May 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Medical marijuana: where it’s been and where it’s going

With two House committees having held their third hearing on the subject Wednesday and the Senate seemingly poised to pass medical marijuana legalization legislation upon its return in the first week of May, The PLS Reporter takes a brief look at the recent history of the topic and looks at what might happen to the issue as it advances.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Potential prescribers of medical marijuana narrower than some have argued

According to a recent legal opinion drafted by the Legislative Reference Bureau and obtained by The PLS Reporter on a possible bone of contention in Senate Bill 3—the Senate’s version of medical marijuana legalization legislation—the list of potential prescribers of medical marijuana is narrower than some have argued.

In past discussions and news reports, some have argued the definition of prescriber in the bill—which is based on a “health care practitioner” as defined in the 1985 Medical Practices Act who has the ability to prescribe schedule three narcotics—could possibly include veterinarians and physical therapists.

Monday, April 13, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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