committee approves medical marijuana bill – abc27 WHTM Member Center: Pa. committee approves medical marijuana bill Posted: By Myles Snyder – email HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Senate committee has unanimously approved legislation to legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The Senate Law and Justice Committee on Friday reported out an amended Senate Bill 1182, also known as the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Folmer and Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach would allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with debilitating medical conditions. “The beautiful thing about this bill folks: it was all citizen lobbying, no special interest money,” Folmer said. “This was all volunteers on their time with sick kids. That is what makes this so cool.” Adults and children who are Pennsylvania residents would be permitted to use medicinal marijuana if they have an access card from the state Department of Health. Access cards would cost $100 and would be issued after a criminal history background check, validation of a doctor-patient relationship, and confirmation of a qualified medical condition that can be treated with medical cannabis.
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