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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VIDEO: Folmer explains his negative vote on prescription drug monitoring bill

VIDEO: Folmer explains his negative vote on prescription drug monitoring bill

Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) explains why he voted in the negative on the monitoring of prescription drugs legislation today in a Senate Rules Committee meeting. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Last dance for medical marijuana?

According to House Republican leadership, the last dance for the issue of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is likely destined to be joint committee hearings on Senate Bill 1182, which passed the Senate just two weeks ago, and not consideration of a legalization measure on the House floor.

Steve Miskin, spokesperson for the Speaker and House Majority Leader, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that joint hearings will be held between the House Judiciary and House Health committees, but no specific timeframe for the hearings has been established.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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