Medical marijuana proposal goes before Pa. House members

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 14, 2016 9:31 AM

Photo by AP Photo/David Goldman

(Harrisburg) -- A proposal to allow marijuana to be prescribed for a list of medical conditions is heading to the state House floor, where it could face changes before a final vote. 

The House planned to take up more than 220 amendments to the bill today, and it could be Wednesday or later before the chamber decides whether to approve the legislation. 

The 69-page bill under consideration passed the Senate in May by a vote of 40 to 7. 

The Medical Cannabis Act would empower a state board to license growers, dispensers and processors. 

Patients would need a written certification from a doctor or nurse confirming they have a qualifying condition. 

The list of approved conditions includes cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, glaucoma, diabetes and chronic or intractable pain.

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