Pa. medical marijuana bill gets more support
A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) that would legalize medical marijuana was heard today in the Senate Law and Justice Committee as cannabis advocates gathered in Harrisburg to support the legislation.
This bill — S.B. 1182: The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act — is the first medical marijuana bill introduced in Senate history that was drafted with bipartisan support. Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) is the bill’s co-sponsor.
Almost 20 people and organizations testified at the committee meeting on Tuesday in support of the bill. Included in that group is Christine Brann whose son has Dravet syndrome which is a form of intractable epilepsy. According to a news release, Brann urged Senate members to “put away … notions about marijuana and to see this for what it is: medicine.”
The bill gained nine new cosponsors, bringing the total to 11. The committee will continue to accept testimonies.
“I am thankful that my colleagues decided to consider this bill today, as it is of critical importance,” Leach said in a release. “The longer we wait to pass this legislation, the more children we will put at risk. I hope that we can advance S.B. 1182 expeditiously for the sake of the thousands of Pennsylvanians who need it.”