PENNSYLVANIA - A bill allowing the use of medial marijuana passed in the Pennsylvania Senate by a vote of 43-7 on Monday afternoon. The bill was amended reducing the number of conditions for which medical marijuana could be prescribed. such as AIDS, HIV, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. A dozen conditions are covered.
“It helps more than just epilepsy children,” Senator Mike Folmer said. “It helps adults who have epilepsy, here to help soldiers with PTSD, cancers, multiple sclerosis, severe fibromyalgia.”
The bill now moves on to the House
Supporters believe there are enough votes in both the Senate and House to approve medical marijuana before the end of the year. Senators Folmer and Daylin Leach are urging Gov. Tom Corbett to show his support.
“I mean those people deserve the best treatment available and why you would want to deny them that treatment is beyond me,” Leach said. “That's why I hope his conscious gets the better of him when he decides whether to sign this bill.”
Medical marijuana would have to be prescribed by a licensed physician. A state board would also be created of health care professionals to oversee the program in Pennsylvania.
WGAL News/Sept. 24, 2014
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