Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in PA Senate

Written by Associated Press | Jun 27, 2014 2:36 PM
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(Harrisburg)  People who need marijuana for medical conditions are closer to being able to procure the drug legally following a unanimous vote in a Pennsylvania Senate committee. 

The Law and Justice Committee voted Friday for a bill that would allow marijuana to be grown, processed and dispensed, with oversight by a state Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing. 

State residents would need a $100 access card from the Health Department after proving they have a practitioner-patient relationship and written confirmation of a qualifying medical condition. 

A prime sponsor, Senator Daylin Leach, says he thinks there are about 45 votes in the Senate, enough to override a promised veto from Governor Tom Corbett. 

Leach says he's optimistic the bill will get a floor vote before lawmakers leave Harrisburg for the summer. 

Published in Harrisburg, News

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