House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

House chairmen will only consider narrow, highly regulated medical marijuana bill

Continuing their review of the issue, the House Judiciary Committee and House Health Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday on the concept of legalizing medical marijuana.

During the hearing, the committees heard from a number of law enforcement groups including the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association.

While all three remained somewhat skeptical of the concept, none of the law enforcement organizations categorically opposed the legalization of medical marijuana under the condition that the system used to implement and regulate the use of medical marijuana is strict.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

Medical marijuana supporters emboldened by Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning shows Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana by a 88 to 10 margin.

Not surprisingly, legislators sponsoring proposals to legalize medical marijuana responded positively to the poll’s results.

“You can’t get much higher in a poll than 88 percent,” said Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3, that chamber’s legalization proposal also sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). “These numbers are as close to unanimous as you get in politics.

Monday, April 6, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Medical marijuana proponents gear up for continued fight

Supporters of Senate Bill 3—the current Senate proposal to legalize medical marijuana—gathered in the East Wing Wednesday to rally support behind the proposal.

Legislation co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) called for legislators to put politics aside in passing the legislation.

“Put the petty politics aside and move this forward,” he said to House members who opposed similar legislation last session. “We want to get a bill on the governor’s desk by May so we can get sick people the medicine they need this year, because if we don’t do that we are shirking our responsibility.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

Gov. Wolf will sign Senate medical marijuana proposal

In what was described as a 180-degree change from the prior administration, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday told legislators and families supporting the legalization of medical marijuana he would sign such legislation if it got to his desk.

“I believe that doctors should have the ability and the right to prescribe the drugs they understand and makes the most sense for their patients,” he said. “No Pennsylvanian should suffer needlessly when we have the ability to treat them.”

The bill, currently in the form of Senate Bill 3, is largely the same product that passed the Senate last year by a 43-7 vote.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Medical marijuana legalization has new life as House Majority Leader expresses support

Taking a decidedly different tone from House Republican leadership last session, new House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said he was supportive of the concept to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania during Monday’s press club luncheon.

“I do support the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania,” he said. “I am hopeful we can get to a situation where we can negotiate a product in the House with a product in the Senate that the governor is willing to accept and sign into law.”

Monday, January 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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