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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

House poised to vote on medical marijuana

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Mar 14, 2016 2:18 PM

Floor debate could begin as early as today in the state House on a long-lobbied plan to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Lawmakers are expected to take their time discussing the plan behind closed doors, first, and when the bill does make it to the House floor, hundreds of amendments await consideration.

Derek Rosenzweig of Bucks County is one of dozens of advocates who rallied around the measure at Capitol on Monday.

"I truly hope this is the last time that myself and the people behind me have to stand here and talk about the need for Pennsylvania to legalize medical cannabis," said Rosenzweig.

The Senate passed a legalization measure last May, giving hope to advocates who say medical marijuana can treat debilitating seizures, pain, and other ailments. But medical experts are divided on the issue, and skeptics in the House have held up the plan over concerns about the sale and regulation of medical marijuana.

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