Medical Cannabis

Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis

Senate Bill 3, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, would allow Pennsylvania physicians to prescribe medicinal cannabis. I have heard from many Pennsylvanians – especially parents of children with extreme seizure disorders – who could benefit from medicinal cannabis.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Daylin Leach. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, representing more than 212,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, has announced their support of the legislation.

As a cancer survivor, I believe under the guidance of a medical professional, patients should have every opportunity to combat their illness and have the liberty and ability to use cannabis as a weapon in their arsenal of treatment. Medical cannabis has been proven effective across the nation, but unfortunately, Pennsylvania patients have no access to the natural plant. By prohibiting the use of medical cannabis I believe we are denying our most vulnerable citizens an improved quality of health, and therefore life.

I understand there are many misconceptions and questions on this topic, however, Senator Leach and I believe Senate Bill 3 balances individual freedom and our obligation as elected officials to consider the wider social good. We also believe our recommended approach will permit Pennsylvanians to exercise control in useful and efficient ways, while reserving their sense of privacy in battling illness.

Please take a few minutes to read the research on this topic and also visit Senator Leach’s website, which features stories of children with extreme medical conditions who would benefit from the legal use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. If you have questions, or would like additional information about the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, please contact me.

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Medical Cannabis News

Press Release – Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Demands Increased Medical Marijuana Access and Research

Medical Cannabis Videos

February 25, 2015 – Senator Folmer participates in a news conference and rally in support of Senate Bill 3 (Medical Cannabis).

January 27, 2015 – Senate Republicans participate in a news conference and rally in support of Senate Bill 3, the Medical Cannabis Act.

September 15, 2014 – Senator Mike Folmer, sponsor of Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, speaks at a Campaign for Compassion rally held at the State Capitol.

June 27, 2014 – During session, Senator Folmer speaks in support of Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.SB1182 – Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act Charlotte’s Web (Dr. Sanjay Gupta) Medicinal Cannabis Educational Documentary Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health Cannabis and Cancer Hemp Oil Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Weed 2013 CNN Special U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hemp For Victory Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Rally Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Rally 

May 1, 2014 – Senator Folmer participates in a community listening session in Hanover, Adams County on the issue of medical cannabis.

April 9, 2014 – During session, Senator Mike Folmer speaks in favor of Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.

January 28, 2014 – Senator Mike Folmer discusses his support for Senate Bill 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.
Video Clips from Senate Law & Justice Committee hearings on the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act

Graham Hetrick on Cannabis as a matter of public safety.