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Medical Cannabis Bill Sponsored in PA

Medical Cannabis Bill Sponsored in PA

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 06/28/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

Patients in Pennsylvania may soon be able to get a medical marijuana card. This week, State Senators Jim Ferlo and Larry Farnese recently signed on as co-sponsors to SB 1350, aka Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, which allow residents of PA who have a debilitating medical condition to use medical marijuana. It would also set up a state-run registry through which patients can obtain a marijuana card.

The bill, in its current state, defines debilitating medical conditions as:

  • Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS or the treatment of these conditions;
  • a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

Cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy; severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease

  • any other weakening medical condition or its treatment that is recognized by licensed medical authorities as being treatable with marijuana in a manner that is superior to treatment without marijuana

Currently, the bill has been referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, but no hearings have been scheduled. The bill is expected to receive plenty of support. Governor Ed Rendell has expressed his support of medical marijuana laws in Pennsylvania, and according to a poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College, 8 in 10 residents support medical cannabis in PA.

Those interested in getting involved in spreading awareness of the need for medical cannabis in PA can reach out to Pennsylvanians for Medical Marijuana and Philly NORML. And we’ll definitely keep you posted on any developments.

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