Senators Mike Folmer (R-48) and Daylin Leach (D-17) have reintroduced legislation to allow physicians to provide medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania. Previously Senate Bill 1182, the medical cannabis legislation is Senate Bill 3 for the 2015-16 legislative session and has been reintroduced as passed by the full Senate last session 43-7. The bill has 25 co-sponsors with bipartisan support (11 Republicans and 14 Democrats).
“This bill needs to get done. There are so many ill and suffering in Pennsylvania that could benefit from medical cannabis – reducing prescriptions of narcotic cocktails of highly addictive and dangerous drugs. Medical cannabis is a much safer and more effective solution,” said Folmer. Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia have similar laws.
Senate Bill 3 would allow patients who have a recommendation from their doctor to purchase and use medical cannabis from centers licensed by a to-be-created State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing. The entire process would be regulated by licensing: medical cannabis growers, processors and dispensers. Smoking is prohibited.
“My biggest fear is getting a phone call from one of the Moms saying their child has passed away because Pennsylvania did not allow them access to this medication. It makes me sick to see the suicide rate of our military when medical cannabis can provide relief to post-traumatic stress disorder. We can help so many with this legislation,” Folmer said.
The bill has been referred to the Senate State Government Committee, in which Senator Folmer serves as Chairman. “I am eager to have this bill thoroughly vetted, passed by both the Senate and House and signed into law this year to provide one more arrow in the quiver of Pennsylvania’s ill,” said Folmer.
Fred Sembach and Fallon Binner