Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania vowed to support a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. This is a huge step for the state and a major catalyst for the marijuana industry. This would make Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. All required parties seem to be in agreement about what needs to be included in the bill. The bill just needs to be drawn up and signed.
The new House Majority leader, Dave Reed, hopes that the House will advance a medical marijuana bill this week and he seeking hearings in the House.
“We’ve got too many kids and too many citizens in general that can potentially benefit from the use of medical marijuana,” Reed said Monday. “We just need to make sure it’s regulated in the most appropriate fashion possible and that we’re not creating a lot of unintended consequences.”
They expect that the new bill would expand upon the list of 10 authorized medical conditions to give doctors more leeway to prescribe medical marijuana as they see fit. The senators also plan on expanding the drug delivery methods to include smoking and vaporization, as well as extracted oils, edible products, ointments and tinctures.
The bill has not been written yet, but Wolf said that he will support it. “If they support it and it takes us farther down the road toward what we all want, which is full legalization of medical marijuana, giving doctors the ability and the right to prescribe medicine they think that patients need, I’m for it,” Wolf said.